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SBE16 Malta, Waste Minimisation, a Design Review

A design review on waste minimisation was presented by QP Head of Sustainability, Perit Nicolette Micallef during the “International Conference: Europe and the Mediterranean – Towards a Sustainable Built Environment” held in Malta, between the 16th and 18th of March 2016.

The text presented provided designers with information on how to design out waste and guidance on opportunities available for the minimisation of waste through the design process. It also provided information on how to implement a design review within an organisation to reduce construction waste on already designed projects.

The document also addressed the five basic principles of Designing Out Waste and key actions for Design Teams:

  •       design for reuse;
  •       design for modern methods of construction;
  •       design for material optimisation;
  •       design for waste efficient procurement; and
  •       design for deconstruction and flexibility.

 

The Case for Action

2.1.     Material Resource Efficiency
2.2.     Drivers for reducing waste
2.2.1.  Site Waste Management Plan Regulations
2.2.2.  Landfill Tax and Aggregates Levy
2.2.3.  Financial Drivers.

The Construction Industry Debate, A collaboration between QP and MCAST

A two hour debate including QP, MCAST and industry stakeholders took place in June 2016 in order to address what is required to attract the young generation to consider taking up a career in the construction industry.

The Building Industry owes it to itself to safeguard its long term sustainability. Parents, teachers, young adults and children alike need to be more informed about the job opportunities in construction, which are challenging, rewarding, well paid, interesting and offer internationalisation. The current shortfall in industry vision and visibility of career opportunities is keeping the industry back from developing more strongly.

Findings show there is an urgent need for the industry to work more closely with the education sector and its career guidance structures to change misconceptions that all work within the construction industry is laborious, dangerous and dirty. The industry also needs to better promote itself and celebrate various landmark construction projects conducted by local industry players in Malta and abroad, and enable guidance teachers and advisors to use these successful case studies to educate and excite young people about the opportunities in this field.

The collaboration between public and private entities/companies must promote the transformation of the education programme within the construction industry and facilitate the implementation of the next generation of local teenagers’ employment. CID briefing paper.