Designing for disassembly

Crowther, Philip (2009) Designing for disassembly. In Newton, Peter, Hampson, Keith, & Drogemuller, Robin (Eds.) Technology, Design and Process Innovation in the Built Environment. Taylor and Francis, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 224-237.

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With increasing levels of awareness about ecosystems constraints on development, and a growing desire to create green buildings, there is a general acceptance of the need to reduce the quantity of building material consumption and to reduce construction and demolition waste. Much of the construction industry activity, in seeking to achieve these goals, is focused on the efficiency of material use and waste minimization on the construction site. At the other end of the building’s service life, in the demolition industry, we see some attempts to recycle materials, though generally this is in the form of down-cycling such as crushing concrete to create road base. Higher levels of recycling and reuse are less common. The basic problem is that buildings are not generally designed to be taken apart. This chapter presents a summary of research into the design of buildings for future disassembly and materials and component reuse. It explores three broad themes, and twenty six principles for designing for disassembly.

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ID Code: 19383
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Ebook version of this book is available via the QUT Library catalogue to QUT users. Search for book title (Technology, Design and Process Innovation in the Built Environment)at:
Keywords: design, disassembly, architecture, building, recycling
ISBN: 9780415462884
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2009 00:05
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 16:01

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