Components reuse in the building sector – A systematic review

Kambiz Rakhshanbabanari, Jean-Claude Morel, Hafiz Alaka, Rabia Charef

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    Widespread reuse of building components can promote the circularity of materials in the building sector. However, the reuse of building components is not yet a mainstream practise. Although there have been several studies on the factors affecting the reuse of building components, there is no single study that has tried to harmonize the circumstances affecting this intervention. Through a systematic literature review targeting peer-reviewed journal articles, this study intends to identify and stratify factors affecting the reuse of components of the superstructure of a building and eventually delineate correlations between these factors. Factors identified throughout this study are classified into six major categories and 23 sub-categories. Then the inter-dependencies between the barriers are studied by developing the correlation indices between the sub-categories. Results indicate that addressing the economic, social and regulatory barriers should be prioritized. Although the impact of barriers under perception, risk, compliance and market sub-categories are very pronounced, the highest inter-dependency among the sub-categories is found between perception and risk. It suggests that the perception of the stakeholders about building components reuse is affected by the potential risks associated with this intervention.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)347-370
    Number of pages24
    JournalWaste Management & Research
    Issue number4
    Early online date29 Feb 2020
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

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    • Reuse
    • building components
    • systematic literature review
    • building sector
    • construction and demolition waste
    • circular economy
    • superstructure


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