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Blockchain-Enabled Provenance Tracking for Sustainable Material Reuse in Construction Supply Chains

Lookup NU author(s): Stanly Wilson PalathingalORCiD, Kwabena Adu-Duodu, Yinhao Li, Ringo Sham, Dr Ellis SolaimanORCiD, Professor Raj Ranjan



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The growing complexity of construction supply chains and the significant impact of the construction industry on the environment demand an understanding of how to reuse and repurpose materials. In response to this critical challenge, research gaps that are significant in promoting material circularity are described. Despite its potential, the use of blockchain technology in construction faces challenges in verifiability, scalability, privacy, and interoperability. We propose a novel multilayer blockchain framework to enhance provenance tracking and data retrieval to enable a reliable audit trail. The framework utilises a privacy-centric solution that combines decentralised and centralised storage, security, and privacy. Furthermore, the framework implements access control to strengthen security and privacy, fostering transparency and information sharing among the stakeholders. These contributions collectively lead to trusted material circularity in a built environment. The implementation framework aims to create a prototype for blockchain applications in construction supply chains.

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Author(s): Wilson S, Adu-Duodu K, Li Y, Sham R, Almubarak M, Wang Y, Solaiman E, Perera C, Ranjan R, Rana O

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Future Internet

Year: 2024

Volume: 16

Issue: 4

Online publication date: 17/04/2024

Acceptance date: 15/04/2024

Date deposited: 17/04/2024

ISSN (electronic): 1999-5903

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/fi16040135


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