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Sustainable Management and Utilization of Waste Materials in Construction

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2021) | Viewed by 3935

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Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies with a seat in Prešov, Technical University of Košice, Bayerova 1, 08001 Prešov, Slovakia
Interests: quality assurance engineering; industrial engineering; mechanical engineering; Industry 4.0; ICT; composites; waste materials; manufacturing; circular economy
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Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies, Institute of Earth Resources, Technical University of Košice, Park Komenskeho 19, 042 00 Košice, Slovakia
Interests: customization; sustainable manufacturing; circular economy; innovative technologies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, there are many opportunities for useful reduction and recovery of materials that would otherwise be destined for disposal or landfill. The building industry and building owners can be educated on issues such as re-use, efficient waste identification and separation, and cost-effective, environmentally and socially appropriate means of reducing the total amount of waste produced. The application of recycled or reused materials to the industry depends on the customer’s interaction with the final product manufacturing process. The priority is to respect customer requirements directly on the production line and use the best available technology.

From a legislative point of view, governments and institutions can take responsibility for the efficient disposal of waste, as well as promoting public and industry awareness of disposal issues and subsequently ensuring a stable business environment for waste collection, treatment, and reuse. The industry can create opportunities for manufacturing companies by returning waste back to manufacturing processes through the application of reverse logistics to the enterprises.

This Special Issue is focused on solving problems around:

  • Waste after/from the manufacturing process;
  • 3R objectives (reduce–recover–recycle);
  • Applications of new materials into the industry;
  • Reverse logistics;
  • Circular economy principles.

Dr. Lucia Knapčíková
Dr. Behúnová Annamária
Guest Editors

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  • waste
  • materials
  • composite
  • management
  • customization
  • circular economy
  • reverse logistics
  • manufacturing
  • production
  • construction

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Impact of Information and Communication Technology on Sustainable Supply Chain and Cost Reducing of Waste Management in Slovak Construction
Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7966; - 16 Jul 2021
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Sustainability in construction can be perceived across several areas. Sustainable supply chain and cost management are two of them. If this issue is addressed in the management of sustainable building materials and waste management in the implementation of construction projects, in the context [...] Read more.
Sustainability in construction can be perceived across several areas. Sustainable supply chain and cost management are two of them. If this issue is addressed in the management of sustainable building materials and waste management in the implementation of construction projects, in the context of sustainability, cost management and supply chain management affect the overall success of construction projects. The aspect of sustainability is based on reducing costs and, thus, also material items. At the same time, there is a focus on the use of waste or its economic and ecological disposal. Finally, sustainability means the setting up of logistics processes. Information and communication technologies can significantly help supply chain and cost management and construction waste management. This means, on the one hand, minimizing the consumption of materials and, thus, also costs, and on the other hand, by optimally setting up the supply chain and logistics, using materials and funds efficiently and optimizing waste management. The research discusses the impact of information and communication technology on a sustainable chain and cost management on various construction projects in Slovakia. The research aims to analyze information and communication technology’s influence on a sustainable chain and cost savings of waste in construction projects. The main research hypothesis is based on the assumption that information and communication technology positively affect sustainable chain and cost management of waste in the Slovak construction industry. Data collection was performed through an online questionnaire. It contained three primary areas of data collection: The first part contained questions about the characteristics of the research sample. The second concerned the use of information and communication technologies and the third pertained to their impact on sustainability and reducing the costs of the waste management process in construction. The research samples consisted primarily of foreign companies operating in Slovakia. From the point of view of the participants in the construction project, these were developers, contractors, sub-contractors and designers. The Kruskal–Wallis test was used to confirm this hypothesis. The research provides an overview of information and communication technologies and their impact on supply chain and cost management of waste in construction. Full article
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