An analytical methodological framework for managing reverse supply chains in the construction industry Academic Article uri icon


  • As the growing amount of waste created by the construction industry poses severe environmental challenges, environmentally conscious construction processes have emerged as an issue of increasing importance for both the industry and society at large. The proper management of the construction and demolition waste, which constitutes the major solid waste stream in the European Union (apart from mining and farm waste) appears to be of great merit. Reverse logistics and waste management offer the appropriate contextual framework within which the problem can be tackled comprehensively. Towards this effect, a conceptual framework is presented on the current status and legislation in the field of construction and demolition waste management, as well as on the optimal deconstruction and demolition practices of the end-of-life buildings with the goals of materials' recycling and waste minimization. In addition, a novel integrated decision-making model for the entire construction and demolition supply chain is proposed starting from the deconstruction and demolition decisions till the transportation of the collected materials to potential recyclers/customers and waste disposal sites. Finally, we conclude with a demonstration of the application of the developed model is via a specific case study, and by discussing few interesting managerial insights.

published proceedings

  • WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development

author list (cited authors)

  • Aidonis, D., Xanthopoulos, A., Vlachos, D., & Iakovou, E.

complete list of authors

  • Aidonis, D||Xanthopoulos, A||Vlachos, D||Iakovou, E

publication date

  • November 2008