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No Waste Managing Sustainability in Construction by Uly Ma

No Waste Managing Sustainability in Construction


No Waste Managing Sustainability in Construction by Uly Ma

Sustainability is a critical issue for the construction industry. In the short term, sustainability is often seen as a 'must do' item. In the longer term, all contractors will be seeing it as a source of competitive advantage. Public sector construction, infrastructure and other large projects such as the Thames Gateway and the Olympics in 2012 are all being driven down this route by pressure from Government. Uly Ma's No Waste is an extremely practical guide to managing sustainability in construction that draws on input from all the related stakeholders: the construction industry itself, the clients, designers and architects and the trades. The book explores how the industry can transform itself from business as before to business as it should be, from the micro level of good site practices to setting the right policies that drives a company onwards. The text covers the management of sustainability and the accompanying CD ROM includes a wealth of material such as tool kits, templates and activities that can be shared throughout the organisation and used for team meetings, communication and training.


Uly Ma's NoWaste project has received two awards as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games for the supply of Lean and Sustainable Construction Training: Most Effective Training (2009) from the Safety, Health and Environment Leadership Team (SHELT) and Special Achievements Award (2011) from National Skills Academy for Construction - London 2012 Construction (NSAfC - London 2012). 'This book provides a practical guide to the actions all construction practitioners could take to make our industry far more efficient and sustainable. My advice is to read it, take what's relevant for you, and importantly, put it into practice on your projects.
Greg Chant

-Hall, UK Sustainability Manager, Skanska Infrastructure Development Limited 'The author progressively grows the subject of sustainability into a much broader spectrum than what we normally think...You will find this easy reading book thought provoking and relevant...The easy reading style and real-world examples Dr. Ma used opens the readership of this book to all levels...and brings a good understanding of sustainability to everyone...we are facing the same issues in the Unites States as in England when it comes to No Waste. I found the broad scope of No Waste to include not only tangible waste but all the company's resources thought provoking. Whether those resources are money, time, people, talent, utilities, and tangible waste, a program to manage a good balance makes total sense. Although the book concentrated a lot on construction industry, the principles relate to any business. It changed my thinking.
Ed Dameron, PM World Journal

About the Author

Dr Uly Ma is principal consultant with Greenfile Developments, an organisation specialising in process improvement, lean operations and sustainability. He was winner of the 2005 National Green Apple Award on Waste Management and developed the NoWaste programme with Bovis Lend Lease which was the Waste Initiative of the Year at Building Magazine's Sustainability Awards 2006. Uly has worked with construction industry partners including: Balfour Beatty Workplace, Bovis Lend Lease, BRE, Carillion, CIRIA, Constructing Excellence, Costain, Highways Agency, Laing O'Rourke, Mace, McCarthy and Stone, Skanska as well as UCATT and Unite, the trades unions. He is a visiting fellow at London South Bank University where he teaches lean operations, project management and personal effectiveness on the MBA programme.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th October 2011


Uly Ma

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Gower Publishing Ltd an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


Contains 1 Hardback and 1 CD-Audio
412 pages


Construction industry
Building construction & materials



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