Presenter:  Dr Jeff Seadon, Scion

Presentation title:  Construction – the beginning of the C&D waste solution

The New Zealand construction sector represents a significant portion of the economy. The sector is the fifth largest employing over 157,000 FTEs, which represents 8% of the employed. A further 42,000 FTEs are employed in construction related services giving the sector 10% of New Zealand’s employment. In the past 10 years, the construction sector generated 14% of all new employment. The sector is dominated by small businesses. While generating 4% of national GDP, it accounts for 10% of all businesses.    To achieve real change for construction and demolition waste will need significant changes in the construction sector. These changes are currently being stimulated by the government’s need to increase productivity and affordability.    A recent study involving over 150 participants from across the construction sector from design to demolition aimed to find the points in the construction life cycle that can make significant differences to productivity. The study produced 19 actions that can potentially make those desired changes. Implementation of these actions will have a significant effect on the amount of waste that will be produced by the sector. These actions are relevant to the reduction of waste in the sector – an easier outcome to deal with than finding a use for the wastes generated.

Event: WasteMINZ Conference 2013

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2013