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Understanding The Causes Of Material Wastage In The Construction Industry

Submitted2021-04-02
Last Update2021-04-02
TitleUnderstanding The Causes Of Material Wastage In The Construction Industry
Author(s)Author #1
Name: Ghaleb J. Sweis
Org: Professor of Civil Engineering, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
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Email: gsweis@ju.edu.jo

Author #2
Name: Ahmad Hiari
Org: Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
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Email: a.hiari@hotmail.com

Author #3
Name: Mujahed Thneibat
Org: Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
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Email: m_thneibat@ju.edu.jo

Author #4
Name: Mohammed Hiyassat
Org: Professor of Civil Engineering, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
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Email: hiyassat@ju.edu.jo

Author #5
Name: Waleed Sh. Abu-Khader
Org: Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
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Email: wshaher@hotmail.com

Other Author(s)Rateb J. Sweis Professor of Business Management, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. r.sweis@ju.edu.jo
Contact AuthorAuthor #1
Alt Email: gsweis@ju.edu.jo
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KeywordsMaterial wastage, Construction waste, Construction industry, Causes of waste, Minimizing waste.
AbstractRecent studies have recognized material waste from construction projects as a serious problem for both economies and the environment. This research aims to identify the major causes of material waste in construction projects, determine the level of wastage for some selected materials and suggest strategies to manage and minimize wastage. In order to facilitate the application of this research, Jordan was taken as a case study. The results from 61 returned surveys suggested 49 factors which were then analyzed to identify the main causes of material wastage; the main factors are as follows: design changes during the construction phase, rework due to labor mistakes, purchases not complying with specifications, improper cutting of materials and poor site layout. The study concluded that the most important advantages of managing and minimizing material wastage are minimizing time and cost overruns and helping in determining the required quantities, thus leading to improved project performance.
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