Construction and the circular economy: Smart and industrialised prefabrication

Abbas Elmualim, Sherif Mostafa, Nicholas Chileshe, Raufdeen Rameezdeen

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This chapter discusses the profound and influential impact the construction industry has on the national economy, together with the huge negative effect it has on the environment. It argues that by adopting smart and industrialised prefabrication (SAIP), the Australian construction industry, and the construction industry globally, is well positioned to leverage the circular economy to advance future industries with less impact on our natural environment. It discusses aspects of the application of digital technologies, specifically building information modelling, virtualisation, augmented and virtual reality and 3D printing, coupled with reverse logistics as a proponent for advancing the circular economy through smart, digitally enabled, industrialised prefabrication. It further postulates a framework for SAIP for the circular economy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnmaking Waste in Production and Consumption
Subtitle of host publicationTowards The Circular Economy
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781787146198
ISBN (Print)9781787146204
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2018


  • Building information modelling
  • Circular economy
  • Construction
  • Prefabrication
  • Reverse logistics
  • Smart and industrialised prefabrication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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