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      DRIVING FACTORS FOR CONSTRUCTION WASTE MINIMIZATION: EMPIRICAL STUDIES IN HONG KONG AND SHENZHEN

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          Effective waste management is an important aspect of green building development. However, a number of studies find that construction waste minimization actions are not satisfactorily performed in practice. Thus, it is of significance to identify the driving factors that influence construction practitioners' waste minimization behavior. This paper aims to explore the driving factors by comparing the affecting factors and construction waste minimization behavior between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Firstly, through a comprehensive literature review, potential affecting factors were categorized into five groups: background information variables, construction waste minimization intentions, economic viability, governmental supervision, and project constraints. Based on the identified factors, a questionnaire was initially designed and then refined through a focus group meeting with three experienced experts. A total of 166 questionnaires were collected and non-parametric tests (Mann-Whitney U Test and Kruskal-Wallis Test) were conducted to investigate the underlying driving factors. Results revealed that background information variables play insignificant roles in construction waste minimization. Compared with other affecting factors (i.e., waste minimization intentions, governmental supervision, project constraints), economic viability is the most important driving factor that determines construction waste minimization. Results suggested that local governments should make policies that increase practitioners' profit, rather than just increasing their intentions or regulating waste management behavior.

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          Journal
          jgrb
          Journal of Green Building
          College Publishing
          1552-6100
          1943-4618
          1943-4618
          Fall 2019
          : 14
          : 4
          : 155-167
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          1. Assistant Professor, Sino-Australia Joint Research Center in BIM and Smart Construction, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China.

          Email: wuzezhou@ 123456szu.edu.cn ( *Corresponding author)

          2. Associate Professor, Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Email: bsannyu@ 123456polyu.edu.hk

          3. Associate Professor, School of Management Science and Engineering, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China. Email: hao.wang@ 123456cufe.edu.cn

          4. Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, Beijing, China. Email: weiyg@ 123456buaa.edu.cn

          5. Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Management, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing, China. Email: huoxiaosen1025@ 123456foxmail.com

          Article
          jgb.14.4.155
          10.3992/1943-4618.14.4.155
          Page count
          Pages: 13
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