George Zillante

George Zillante
University of Adelaide · School of Architecture and Built Environment

Doctor of Technology

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The economic instrument is an effective approach to encourage demolition contractors to conduct low-impact waste management. It is essential for project managers and decision-makers to better understand the cost-benefit of demolition waste (DW) management, to promote development of an effective waste management plan. This study explores the interac...
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China’s cross-border pollution problem has attracted a growing level of attention from the domestic and international community. The elimination of environmental pollution greatly depends on professional environmental protection companies. China’s environmental protection industry has sustained a rapid growth with 26.9% annual growing rate of outpu...
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The cross-regional mobility of waste has become an important approach to achieve a higher waste recycling rate in some countries. However, there is a lack of study to examine the associated environmental impacts. To address this gap, a life cycle thinking based environmental assessment model with 12 indicators was developed. The foreground data obt...
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The construction industry exerts tremendous impacts on the environment, particularly C&D waste has become one of the major pollutants generated by the construction industry. The recycling of C&D waste could generate various benefits from environmental, economic and social aspects. To improve the effects of recycling measures and inform the planning...
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Purpose There is an increasing level of recognition of the pressing issues associated with climate change and resource depletion. As a result, it is well recognised that higher education institutions bear responsibilities to promote “sustainable development”. Many universities have adopted green building practices in the construction of their build...
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Construction and demolition (C&D) waste has become one of the most significant waste streams and many countries are seeking to promote the waste recycling rate. Due to heavyweight, low unit economic value, and legislation requirements, C&D waste is normally managed locally. According to the National Waste Reports in Australia, over the past few yea...
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Significant efforts have been devoted to assessing construction and demolition waste management (CDWM). However, there is little knowledge to understand the utilisation of the developed models for assessing CDWM performance, thus limiting the comparison and generalization of recognized methods and tools. By reviewing the prior published literature,...
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Due to significant environmental, social, and economic impacts, the last decades have witnessed a rapid growth of research related to construction and demolition (C&D) waste. By employing a systematic literature review approach, this study examined C&D waste related articles published since the 1990s in order to explore future research directions....
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is fourfold: first, to investigate the effect of team diversity on different types of conflicts; second, to determine if team diversity is significantly correlated with project performance; third, to investigate the mediating effect of project conflicts on the relationship between team diversity and project perfor...
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Although construction and demolition (C&D) waste has drawn increasing attention from scholars, there is a lack of study to summarize the latest development of C&D waste research. By using a bibliometric analysis method, this study carries out a holistic review of C&D waste articles published from 1994 to 2017. It shows that the number of C&D waste...
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This article aims to identify barriers to implementing waste management practices in construction projects and their interrelationship, based on the particular context of Australia. Interviews and a questionnaire survey are conducted as the primary data collection methods supported by findings of a charrette. The findings reveal twenty critical bar...
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PM2.5 is the major component of severe haze pollution in China. Some studies have reported that large scale of PM2.5 related emissions are derived from trade activities. However, little research has been carried out about the assessment of emissions related to different trade patterns, especially the trade related to spatial production fragmentatio...
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There is a growing number of aged and obsolete buildings all over the world due to the rapid restructure of the economy. Even though ageing buildings experience physical, functional, technological and economic obsolescence, demolition can be a premature decision. The aim of this research is to identify methods of adaptive reuse of buildings to mini...
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Purpose This study aims to investigate the influence of contractual flexibility on different types of conflict, determine if contractual flexibility is significantly correlated with project success between contracting parties, verify the mediating effect of project conflicts on the relationship between contractual flexibility and project success a...
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Building demolition waste presents a significant challenge due to its large scale. Especially, the treatment of waste (i.e. demolition, collection, sorting, transportation, recycling and landfill) has environmental implications, e.g. carbon emissions due to energy consumed by equipment and vehicles. Therefore, it is imperative to identify the appro...
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Concentrating solar technology for building façade has attracted a growing level of attention due to its complex structure and dynamic optical properties. In the study presented in this paper, a new concentrating module using Fresnel lens as a concentrator has been designed to be integrated into a building curtain wall while a new connection contro...
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The large scale of construction waste has significant impacts on the environment which has attracted a growing public concern in China. Despite the introduction of measures on construction waste reduction, outcomes are not always satisfactory. This paper aims to explore critical factors that influence the construction waste reduction (CWR) behavior...
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Construction industries have significant impacts on the economy, society and environment. To transform construction industry towards sustainability, construction enterprises' perceptions and performance on sustainability needs to be understood and evaluated, which has not be fully explored by existing studies. This paper holistically examines the C...
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Residential building heating plays a critical role in building energy conservation in China as it consumes a large proportion of the total primary energy use. Heating energy consumption in China is much larger than that in leading countries. This study investigated the energy saving potential from the building envelope design and actual operation o...
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With the aim of facilitating the long-term transformation towards a sustainable future, the research field of sustainability transition has gained growing attention. A number of approaches have been proposed to understand or even manage the complex societal transition processes towards sustainable development. There are four popular approaches for...
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Purpose Sustainability and competitiveness have received extensive attentions. Despite a large number of studies on sustainability and competitiveness in the construction industry, little research has been conducted to holistically explore the interactions between these two concepts. From a dynamic transition perspective, this paper aims to link s...
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Sustainability has become a critical perspective in managing firms via a holistic approach by considering economic, environmental and social dimensions of firms. With the rising significance of sustainable development, the theories of sustainability in firms have evolved during the past six decades. This article offers a critical review of the evol...
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There has been growing awareness and demand for construction enterprises' transition toward sustainability with an aim to maximize the economic, social, and environmental values of construction. This presents a significant challenge to both policymakers and industry practitioners as sustainability is such a complex concept that includes various asp...
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There has been a growing demand on developments in remote areas. Apart from enjoying the associated benefits, architectural, construction and engineering (AEC) firms also face unique challenges to manage remote construction projects. This study adopted a case study approach to investigate the challenges and strategies of managing remote projects. T...
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Purpose A growing number of foreign consulting firms have been engaged in the Chinese construction market where the supervision system, as a kind of engineering consultant service has been widely implemented. However, the performance of supervision system varies significantly across regions. Therefore, foreign consulting firms are in desperate nee...
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Construction supply chain management (CSCM) has gained rapid development in last decades. As a result, the conventional Internet fails to fulfill demands for real-time information sharing and communication derived from various participants of the construction supply chain (CSC).The emerging Mobile Internet (M-Internet) has provided potential for so...
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In China, the public rental housing (PRH), as the only form of public housing migrant workers have access to, plays a critical role in accommodating necessary workforce for urban development. Therefore, it is imperative to improve the residential satisfaction in order to retain these migrant workers. This study aims to explore migrant workers’ resi...
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Purpose CSR practice and research in construction contractors are comparatively limited. The objective of this research was to identify a series of CSR issues that reflect the major components of CSR, and to determine the perceived importance of these factors in the context of construction contractors. Design/methodology/approach A CSR indicator f...
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China faces a challenge to balance its future urbanization process with resource conservation and environmental protection. Promoting sustainable construction is identified by the Chinese government as an important strategy to tackle such challenges. To promote sustainable construction, the Chinese government has released a large number of laws, po...
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Because of various economic, social, and environmental challenges, the Chinese construction industry is under tremendous pressure to transition to a sustainability orientation. Existing studies have extensively explored the technological innovations of environmental sustainability within the Chinese construction industry. In contrast, very little a...
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The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008 had a significant impact on the world economy and the construction industry was no exception. This study investigates the major impacts of the 2008 GFC on the Australian construction industry and, in particular how the Australian construction contractors responded to the economic downturn. A total of 35 sen...
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Since the Chinese construction industry has huge impacts on China’s economy, society and environment, the sustainability of this industry is very important. Scholars have explored the sustainability drivers and barriers of the Chinese construction industry, trying to help it transition to a sustainability-oriented industry. However, few of them suc...
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The rising significance of sustainable development in both international policy debate and the construction industry has triggered the emergence of increasing number of studies related to sustainability and construction corporations. How construction corporations respond to sustainability is of vital importance to enable sustainability transition o...
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Construction waste generation has been identified as one of the major issues in the construction industry due to its direct impacts on the environment as well as the efficiency of the construction industry. As the industry cannot continue to practice if the environmental resources on which it depends are depleted, the significance of waste manageme...
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Water transformation plays a crucial role in the rational allocation and avoiding over-exploitation of natural resources. Mega water transformation project will not only bring opportunities for ecological and economical use of water resources, but also contribute towards regional industrial and societal transformations. The scarcity of water is a s...
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Housing affordability has become one of the dominant research topics in recent years. However, few studies have been undertaken to test the compatibility between affordable housing and sustainable housing. A fundamental understanding of these two issues is necessary to develop successful examples of this form of accommodation. This paper aims to id...
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The construction industry has been found to be a major generator of waste and there are many challenges associated with finding the most sustainable way to manage construction waste. As the construction industry is a project based industry, it is essential to look at cultural issues related to waste management at the project level. Therefore, this...
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This research aims to understand the attitudes and behaviours of stakeholders towards waste management and consequently identify ways of improving waste management practices in construction projects. Semi-structured interviews were conducted. The findings reveal that most of the decisions in construction projects are based on their financial return...
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A number of energy development plans have been released in China in recent decades. These plans were aimed at promoting the optimization of the Chinese energy industry structure and achieving emission reduction targets by encouraging the development of clean energies such as wind energy. The sustainable development of the clean energy industry chai...
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Refurbishment of the existing buildings has attracted a growing attention due to its associated benefits such as sustainability and cost. However, the delivery of refurbishment projects is not also successful. This study aims to explore the critical success factors for refurbishment projects. Results showed that the following factors are regarded a...
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Purpose - Cultural issues in the construction industry have attracted growing attention from both practitioners and academia. However, there are few studies on culture issues at the project level. The influence of project culture has not traditionally been on the research radar. This research aims to investigate the impacts of project culture on th...
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The purpose of this paper is twofold. Firstly, its aim is to ascertain the major aspects of job satisfaction for South Australian construction workers including the main ramifications of job satisfaction in the working environment. Secondly, it investigates the influence of key age-related factors i.e. chronological age, organisational age and leng...
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The construction industry has been found to be a major generator of waste and the management of construction waste has become a pressing challenge. Due to persisting beliefs that construction waste generation is unavoidable and zero waste is not achievable, researchers have proposed different methods of waste management such as sustainable waste ma...
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Documentation quality is of high importance for any procurement method, however for a managing contract type procurement it is particularly important as there is limited time to issue and fine tune the finalised drawings for tender without the potential to halt concurrent works. It is the quality of the finalised documentation during this construct...
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The wind power industry is a complex industry involving many different types of enterprises from diverse fields loosely working together to form both internal and external associations. As a complicated system it is necessary to detect the location of the various industry components, their operation characteristics and the various relationships bet...
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Project culture is raised as a general concept in some academic papers and industry reports. Those studies indicate that project culture is very important for the processing of construction projects; however, they do not provide a clear definition of project culture. In addition, there is no model that specifically examines the project culture of e...
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Sustainability issues in built environment have attracted an increasingly level of attention from both the general public and the industry. As a result, a number of green building assessment tools have been developed such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), etc. This pape...
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Construction activities have significant impacts on the environment, economy and society. As a result, sustainability has become an agenda in construction related business. This is evidenced by an increasingly number of construction related companies adopting sustainability reporting practice. Construction contractors are no exception. This study a...
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Sustainability issues in built environment have attracted an increasingly level of attention from both the general public and the industry. As a result, a number of green building assessment tools have been developed such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), etc. This pape...
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Construction activities have significant impacts on the environment, economy and society. As a result, sustainability has become an agenda in construction related business. This is evidenced by an increasingly number of construction related companies adopting sustainability reporting practice. Construction contractors are no exception. This study a...
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The construction industry has suffered for a long time because of its poor performance in relation to employment practices and industrial relations. Construction practitioners often try to perfect technical systems and then try to fit human systems into them. In order to achieve value for the client and increase the benefits that can flow from cons...
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The construction of 'green buildings' is promoted by industry organisations and professional bodies as a means of increasing the sustainability of cities. 'Green building' certification schemes and regulatory requirements address many challenges related to waste management, resource consumption, operational efficiency and life cycle performance. Le...
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This paper explores stakeholder perspectives on waste in construction with a particular focus on issues of global change, contextual issues and industry culture. The paper reports on the first of a series of charrettes run as part of the project ‘Reconsidering Sustainable Building and Design: A Cultural Change Approach’ funded by the Australian Res...
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Purpose – Partnering has drawn attention from both academics and practitioners in the construction industry in the context of construction and facilities management. The past decades have seen a number of articles reporting the application of partnering in construction. The Chinese construction industry is one of the largest industries in the world...
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The Chinese wind power industry has achieved remarkable growth in the last two decades. The total installed capacity of wind power in China has now surpassed that of the United States thereby making it the country with the largest installed wind power capacity in the world. The independent and innovative capability of Chinese wind turbine manufactu...
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It is well understood that an individual's competency has a significant effect on his/her performance. While the more traditional “hard” technical skills of project managers have drawn much attention, little light has been shed on the “soft” skills, especially social competencies in the construction context. This study has adopted a well-establishe...
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The rapid economic growth in China has created massive demand for power generation facilities. Build-operate-transfer (BUT) concessions have been granted to attract foreign and private investment. Interest in the BUT scheme for power plant projects has been growing rapidly. BUT projects normally involve a number of parties and usually face a number...
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China is facing a number of challenges such as electricity supply shortages, excessive consumption of fossil fuels and environmental pollution. As a renewable energy, wind power plays a vital role in mitigating these issues. With its unique geographical location and rich resources, China has produced a wind power industry that has achieved rapid gr...
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Hydropower development has significant impacts on the society and community economically, environmentally and socially. These impacts may go beyond the regional level, even across the nation. As one of the largest scale hydropower developments in the world, the Three Gorges Project has attracted attentions right from the conception stage. This pape...
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Governments are increasingly faced with the challenge of delivering infrastructure developments under difficult budget constraints. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are being used widely as a means of meeting public infrastructure demands through private finance. The aim is to achieve value for money (VfM) through the allocation of risks to the p...
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Waste in construction can range from excess materials dis-carded on the construction site through to the unnecessary demolition of parts of buildings that could be re-used in new structures. This pa-per reports on research which explores the factors leading to the holis-tic reduction of waste in construction. The research described is part of an Au...
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As the largest consumer of resources globally, the construction industry faces significant challenges due to future changes in resource availability. How might this complex industry achieve reduction of resource consumption and waste given the disconnections existing between stakeholders in the building procurement process and the persistence of di...
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Governments are increasingly faced with the challenge of delivering infrastructure developments under difficult budget constraints. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are being used widely as a means of meeting public infrastructure demands through private finance. The aim is to achieve value for money (VfM) through the allocation of risks to the p...
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Over the last two decades the average floor area of new houses in Australia has increased significantly. This has coincided with greater expectations of thermal comfort in homes. In certain locations, the result has been an escalation of the use of large mechanical air conditioning systems in houses. Since it is predicted that climate change will l...
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In recent years culture has become one of the most studied topicsin project management research. Some studies have investigatedthe infl uence of culture at different levels – such as nationalculture, industry culture, organisational culture and professionalculture. As a project-based industry, the construction industryneeds to have more insight con...