Is the danish construction sector ready for sustainable and circular construction sites?

Ayser Dawood Selman, Svanborg Gudjonsdottir, Anne Nørkjær Gade

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Sustainable construction has gained increased attention, demanding sustainable solutions in the local building regulations. A significant part of Danish building regulations' requirements is currently regulated by having a new sustainability building class to boost the green transformation of construction. One of the new sustainability requirements is to save resources by promoting circularity at construction sites. Thus, this study investigates Danish construction organizations' readiness and willingness to use the new sustainability building class to establish sustainable construction sites, focusing on circular solutions. It considers actors' understanding and current level of implementing sustainability principles and circular strategies and highlights the perceived challenges and actors' practical experiences. A qualitative and quantitative survey was collected from 146 actors, including contractors, engineers, architects, and professional building owners. Results reveal the awareness of sustainability in construction sites, as 32 % of organizations use sustainable onsite principles with various levels of experience, and 85 % are willing to use circular solutions. Lack of expertise and economy are perceived as significant challenges when establishing sustainable construction sites. Many actors are still unaware of the relevant rules and do not have a specific strategy to manage waste and perceive this topic with high risk and uncertain benefits.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Annual Conference
Pages (from-to)754-763
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021
EventARCOM conference 2021: Recover, Rebuild and Renew - Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sept 20218 Sept 2021


ConferenceARCOM conference 2021
LocationGlasgow Caledonian University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • technology, engineering and IT
  • circular economy
  • construction site
  • readiness
  • sustainability
  • waste


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  • ARCOM conference 2021

    Anne Nørkjær Gade (Paricipant)

    6 Sept 20218 Sept 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConference

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