Circular Construction and Supply Chains

Embracing circular opportunities in the built environment

Applying a whole-system approach to adopt circular paradigms that minimise waste and accelerate the uptake of recycled components in the construction industry. 

The built environment is one of the world’s largest consumers of resources and raw materials. To achieve global sustainability goals, there is an urgency to shift from the linear (take-make-waste) model to the circular (recycle-remanufacture-reuse-repair) paradigm. 

Provided that construction sites are also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, the supply chain perspective is crucial in the assessment of scope-based carbon emissions in the construction sector. In fact, reports from Green Building Council of Australia showed that the emissions produced over the entire life cycle of building – manufacturing, construction, maintenance and destruction - accounted for nearly one-sixth of the built-environment emissions in 2019. 

Development of innovative construction technologies and assessment of their supply chain implications are vital for transitioning to a sustainable future economy.
Arunima Malik

The aim of this cluster is to bring cross-disciplinary experts together to innovate alternative construction materials and smart sustainable manufacturing, taking the entire life cycle of a building into consideration. 

Research areas

  • Supply chain and life-cycle assessment of construction materials
  • Social sciences in circular economy supply chains
  • Assessing materials and construction efficiency using computational life-cycle analysis
  • Using advanced manufacturing technology to minimize waste
  • Circularity by design
  • Conversion of waste material to valuable products for construction applications  

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Circular Construction cluster of the Smart Sustainable Building Network is actively working towards four of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
UN Sustainable Development Goal 9
UN Sustainable Development Goal 12
UN Sustainable Development Goal 11
UN Sustainable Development Goal 13
  • Prof Ali Abbas, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Dr Arunima Malik, School of Physics, Supply chain assessment
  • Prof Steven Maguire, Sydney Business School
  • Dr Phillip Gough, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Developing Myco-materials for circular economy 
  • Prof Marjorie Valix, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Concrete from waste & Development of regulatory framework for its application in civil infrastructures
  • Prof Manfred Lenzen, School of Physics
  • Dr Jeremy (Jing) Qiu, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Enhancement of reliability and sustainability of electricity supply using advanced engineering and computational methods
  • Prof Gwenaelle Proust, School of Civil Engineering, Recycled (plastic and wood) component production using advanced manufacturing technology
  • Dr Gustavo Fimbres Weihs, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Mr Christopher Fox, School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • A/Prof Brian Hawkett, School of Chemistry, Novel technology that enables waste paper to be converted to fire redundant wall panels
  • Dr Fabian Sack, Faculty of Science
  • Dr Eugenia Gasparri, School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Ali Abbas

  • +61293512854
  • Level 4, Room 433 Chemical Engineering J01

Arunima Malik

Lecturer in Sustainability
  • Room 408 Physics A28