Transitioning towards sustainable management of building materials in China

The purpose of this research is to examine how The Natural Step Framework, combined with Life Cycle Assessment and Ecological Footprint could help to manage the sustainability challenges of construction materials in China and to consider how these tools and concepts might inform each other in combination. Based on a literature review regarding the current reality of building materials in China and industry experience with use of existing sustainability concepts and tools, we build a conceptual model to integrate the three above concepts and attempt to analyse…


1. Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 Aim and Scope
1.3 Limitations
1.4 Research Question
1.5 Layout of the paper
2 Methods
2.1 Logic and inference
2.2 Literature review
2.3 Case study
3 Results
3.1 Results of literature review
3.1.1 Current Challenges: An economy in overdrive and construction in China
3.1.2 Applicable Sustainability Concepts and Tools
3.1.3 Case study: Materials flow model in Taiwan
3.2 An integrated model
4 Discussion
4.1 Sustainability tools for enhanced management of building materials in China
4.1.1 Integrating TNSF and LCA
4.1.2 Integrating TNSF and EF
4.1.3 Integrating LCA and EF
4.2 How to apply the integrated model in the Chinese construction context
4.2.1 Assessing the Current Reality
4.2.2 Building a sustainable vision
4.2.3 Transitioning towards Sustainability
4.3 Strengths and limitations of the integrated model
5 Conclusions and Further Study
6 References
Appendix A: Export and import statistics of building materials (Yunnan Province)
Appendix B: Examples of import and export flows of construction material in China

Author: Dan Dai, Xiuying Tang

Source: Blekinge Institute of Technology

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