Design for Disassembly to Recover Embodied Energy

Crowther, Philip (1999) Design for Disassembly to Recover Embodied Energy. In Szokolay, Steven S. (Ed.) The 16th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, 22-24 September 1999, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns.


The embodied energy in building materials and components represents a major part of the total energy requirement of any building. When a building is demolished, most of the materials are discarded, and along with them the embodied energy is lost. If buildings were designed for disassembly, rather than demolition, greater proportions of building materials could be salvaged for reuse. In such a scenario, embodied energy would be recovered along with the materials, thereby reducing the total energy requirements of the built environment.

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ID Code: 2846
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: architecture, design, disassembly, energy
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:29

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