This chapter discusses the profound and influential impact the construction industry has on the national economy, together with the huge negative effect it has on the environment. It argues that by adopting smart and industrialised prefabrication (SAIP), the Australian construction industry, and the construction industry globally, is well positioned to leverage the circular economy to advance future industries with less impact on our natural environment. It discusses aspects of the application of digital technologies, specifically building information modelling, virtualisation, augmented and virtual reality and 3D printing, coupled with reverse logistics as a proponent for advancing the circular economy through smart, digitally enabled, industrialised prefabrication. It further postulates a framework for SAIP for the circular economy.
|Title of host publication||Unmaking Waste in Production and Consumption: Towards the Circular Economy|
|Place of Publication||Bingley, United Kingdom|
|Publisher||Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Electronic)||eISBN: 978-1-78714-619-8.|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|