Development of a web site for the dissemination of information on low waste building technologies  

Project Title: Development of a web site for the dissemination of information on low waste building technologies

Applicant: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Total Approved Grant: $116,560 (Actual Expenditure : $104,410)

Duration: 3.1.2001 - 2.7.2001

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

Scope: To develop a web site for providing information to developers, designers, contractors and other concerned parties regarding the use of low waste building techniques to minimize the production of waste in building construction.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
The Hong Kong construction industry generates a large quantity of construction waste. In 1999, a daily average of above 3,7000 tonnes of construction waste was generated, which was 4 times as much as that of municipal solid waste. Of this total amount of construction waste, above 8,000 tonnes (20%) was disposed of at landfills while the other was disposed to public filling areas. Recent public objections to public filling particularly in Victoria Harbour, has greatly reduced the disposal outlet of construction waste. Government sources indicated that there are acute shortages of both public filling area and landfill space in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's landfills will be exhausted in about 10 years' time in the present trend on waste generation continues.

Recent research studies at The Hong Kong PolyU found that it is possible to minimize the production of waste by using alternative building design and technologies, and to recycle/reuse construction and demolition waste in the local construction Industry.

The aim of the project is to develop a web site on low-waste building technologies. The web site provides information to developers, designers, contractors and other concerned parties on the feasible use of low-waste building technologies to minimise the production of waste in building construction in Hong Kong.

The creation of the web site is made possible by the support of the Area of Strategic Development - Advanced Building Technologies of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the generous sponsorship of the Environment and Conservation Fund.

For more details, please browse through the website : http://www.cse.polyu.edu.hk/~cecspoon/lwbt