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Core decisions for anchoring circularity ambitions into workable measures or practices for the construction sector at Witteveen+Bos.

Rusch, N.D. (2021) Core decisions for anchoring circularity ambitions into workable measures or practices for the construction sector at Witteveen+Bos.

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Abstract:The national goals of the Netherlands have been set at being 100% circular in 2050 as there is a large need in the construction sector to move to a more circular construction environment. This thesis gives an insight in the process of translating circularity ambitions into workable measures and practices in the construction sector. The research was conducted at Witteveen+Bos. A lot of research has been done concerning the barriers and enablers of circularity in the construction sector, however, there is no research that tries to visualize these and that includes and identifies the key decisions that need to be made. The main research question of this thesis is: What are the core decisions with respect to the anchoring process of circularity ambitions of the Dutch government in the form of workable measures or practices in the definition, planning, and design phase in the construction sector? A multiple case study is conducted to answer this research question. The data for this multiple case study is retrieved by conducting interviews. The results of this research can be used in projects to help guide you through the process of translating a vague circularity ambition into a concrete and workable practice or measure. Witteveen+Bos pointed out that a visual overview of the concrete steps and decisions creates more insight and brings support. Therefore, a flowchart and poster have been created from these core decisions. The results include the core decisions, which are: - Determine what the concrete circularity ambitions and associated goals are, whether they are realistic, and how to make the goal measurable using KPIs - Communicate and make sure that everyone is on the same page - Analyze and research what the opportunities and chances are and where the biggest impact can be made. - Make sure there is a reflection on the current idea and initial goals. Furthermore, the barriers that are met should be reviewed. - If it is known what you want to tender, then this should be included as a minimum demand Thus, the core decisions are identified and these are visualized in a flowchart. This visualization helps project managers to structure the process of translating a circularity ambition to a workable measure or practice and therefore this research contributes to the current body of knowledge.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Witteveen+Bos, Deventer, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works, 56 civil engineering, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management BSc (56994)
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