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Developing Guidelines for Designing for Deconstruction

Crowther, Philip (2000) Developing Guidelines for Designing for Deconstruction. In Deconstruction - Closing the Loop, May 2000, Watford, U.K.

Abstract

This paper presents the preliminary findings of a research project that attempts to produce a set of guidelines that can be used to assist in designing a building for easy future deconstruction, or to asses an existing building or design to determine how easily it might be deconstructed to recover materials. Guidelines are being developed from industrial design practice, and from architectural technology employed in the past to achieve deconstruction. Guidelines can be used, along with an elemental breakdown of the building, to determine those parts of the building that will be easy to recover, and those that will not. If an environmental or financial assessment is also incorporated, a judgement can be made of those parts of a building that are worth recovering. In this way the deconstruction assessment can form part of a full life cycle assessment. Guidelines are presented according to the level or scale of deconstruction that they assist in, such as recycling, reuse or relocation. The guidelines cover issues of material type, component design, fixing methods, information management and sustainment, and handling methods. It is proposed that design for deconstruction can be implemented in the construction industry to improve the ease of future material and component recovery, and thereby increase the current rates of reuse and recycling.

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ID Code: 2847
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Assessment, Deconstruction, Design for Disassembly, Guidelines
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:29

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