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combating construction waste with technolgy
April 13, 2024

The Role of Technology in Reducing Construction Waste

Construction waste is a critical global issue, accounting for up to 30% of all waste produced and projected to reach 2.2 billion tons by 2025. A significant portion of materials delivered to construction sites is wasted, emphasizing the need for effective waste management strategies. Reducing waste not only benefits the environment by conserving natural resources, reducing landfill use, and lowering emissions but also provides substantial cost savings for construction projects. Cost savings are particularly crucial given the current 20% increase in material costs due to inflation and supply chain issues. Efficient use of materials leads to savings for clients and repeat business for contractors.

Technological advancements such as Building Information Management (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) play pivotal roles in reducing waste. These technologies create detailed 3D models that enhance planning and allow for precise material ordering, thus minimizing waste. BIM and VDC are becoming more accessible, even for residential construction, promising further advancements through AI and generative machine learning, which enhance visualization and decision-making for clients.

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