Green-lean approach for assessing environmental and production waste in construction

Sergio Rosenbaum, Mauricio Toledo, Vicente Gonzalez

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Abstract

Sustainability research in construction has been focused on the design and operation stages of projects. However, the production stage has received not much attention. Current sustainable construction approaches exhibit a disconnect between environmental and production waste management in projects. To overcome these limitations, an approach based on green building and lean production principles is proposed in this paper. Thus, a lean tool named Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is adapted to simultaneously assess environmental and production waste over the production stage of construction projects. This paper reports the application of the proposed "green-lean" approach in the construction of a hospital as a case study, analyzing the structural concrete work stage. The main findings showed the ability of the approach to find out the sources of environmental/productive waste, quantify them, and suggest reduction strategies. This also demonstrated the effectiveness of the proposed "green-lean" approach for improving the sustainable performance of projects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIGLC 2012 - 20th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event20th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201222 Jul 2012

Other

Other20th Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, IGLC 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period17/07/1222/07/12

Keywords

  • Green building
  • Lean production
  • Sustainability
  • Value stream mapping
  • Waste

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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