Although many countries have the wish to assess the social impact, it is not clear how to evaluate societal quality, exclusively for basic and strategic research. Besides, it is very essential for a young researcher, engineer, and scientist to understand the importance of societal impact for research. The major contribution to infrastructure development and housing comes through the construction industry. However, due to extensive usage of natural resources as conventional materials in construction, they have led to a rise in environmental problems and a rise in cost of materials which has impact on social cost. Improper waste management causes the health impact rise due to environmental problem. Hence, it is important to translate the ideas to fill the gap between solid waste and construction industry through advancing the understanding of fundamentals and developing solutions to problems of social significance. Therefore, this study attempted to utilize industrial by-products (IP’s) to develop masonry products. In this research, the palm oil industry by-products such as palm oil clinker powder (POCP) was used as an example to address the social impact. The basic properties of POCP were investigated to meet the standard limit, and engineering performance was investigated to evaluate the masonry mortar containing POCP as cement replacement. Eventually, the reduction of carbon emission and cost were evaluated to assess the positive impact on society. The investigation results revealed that adequate engineering performance achieved by POCP incorporated masonry mortar. In addition, appreciable reduction of carbon emission (32%) and cost (20%) were noticed due to the incorporation of IP’s. Further, the landfilling was reduced by diverting IP’s that were utilized in masonry products. The new masonry mortar or masonry products can be used in masonry construction and can be used to alleviate the inadequate supply of affordable housing.