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dc.contributor.authorSanchez Andrade, Benjamin
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-18 15:41:01 (GMT)
dc.date.issued2019-04-18
dc.date.submitted2019-04-15
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10012/14537
dc.description.abstractBuildings contribute significantly to the global environmental load caused by human activities. There has been a growing interest in improving a building's performance over all of the life-cycle stages (production, construction, operation, and End-of-Life [EoL]). Several studies have recognized the importance of the EoL stage in buildings in terms of sustainability and Circular Economy (CE). A methodology for improving the net environmental impacts of new buildings through Product Recovery Management (PRM) is presented in this thesis. It starts with a CE perspective that emphasizes the importance of adaptive reuse of buildings over new construction. Context is established with a relevant case study in the Waterloo Region. Then, product recovery planning methods that meet environmental life-cycle objectives as well as cost objectives are presented that enhance the attractiveness of adaptive reuse as an alternative. Validation of the proposed methods is achieved through functional demonstration with case studies. Together, these methods form a rational approach to improve the net environmental impact of buildings in our economy. The overall proposed framework in this thesis have demonstrated to be effective to improve sustainability in the construction industry by providing a better understanding of the net environmental impacts and economic potential benefits of buildings' adaptive reuse. Finally, this thesis marks a reference for the development of innovative user-friendly methods and tools for reducing inefficiencies in the process of adaptive reuse through PRM.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectadaptive reuseen
dc.subjectsustainable developmenten
dc.subjectcircular economyen
dc.subjectproduct recovery managementen
dc.subjectselective disassembly planningen
dc.subjectdeconstructionen
dc.subjectlife cycle assessmenten
dc.titleMethodology for improving the net environmental impacts of new buildings through product recovery managementen
dc.typeDoctoral Thesisen
dc.pendingfalse
uws-etd.degree.departmentCivil and Environmental Engineeringen
uws-etd.degree.disciplineCivil Engineeringen
uws-etd.degree.grantorUniversity of Waterlooen
uws-etd.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen
uws-etd.embargo.terms1 yearen
uws.contributor.advisorHaas, Carl
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Engineeringen
uws.published.cityWaterlooen
uws.published.countryCanadaen
uws.published.provinceOntarioen
uws-etd.embargo2020-04-17T15:41:01Z
uws.typeOfResourceTexten
uws.peerReviewStatusUnrevieweden
uws.scholarLevelGraduateen


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