Design for deconstruction and reuse of timber structures – state of the art review

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Title: Design for deconstruction and reuse of timber structures – state of the art review
Authors: Cristescu, CarmenHonfi, DanielSandberg, KarinShotton, ElizabethWalsh, St. Johnet al.
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Date: 20-Oct-2020
Online since: 2022-09-07T15:12:31Z
Abstract: This report continues to summarise novel design concepts for deconstruction and reuse, that could be used in modern timber buildings. It outlines that the feasibility as well as the reuse potential depends on the scale of reclaimed components, where larger components and assemblies are often considered beneficial in terms of time, greenhouse gas emissions and waste production. If volumetric or planar units could be salvaged in the future, they also need to be adaptable for altered regulations or standards or alternative functions. It is further necessary that assemblies can be altered within buildings, since different building components have different life expectancies. Various examples for DfDR in buildings with the accompanying design strategies are presented. The buildings in the examples are often designed to be in one place for a limited timeframe and can be deconstructed and re-erected elsewhere without replacement of components. Key-features often include modularity of components, reversible connections, adaptability of the floor-plan and circular procurement. Even though it is evidently possible, the structural reuse of timber is not a wide-spread approach to date. Barriers to the use of reclaimed structural components are mainly a lack in demand for salvaged materials, but also prohibitive building regulations and the lack of design standards. Demolition practices play a crucial role as well and need to be considered in the design of buildings, to avoid damage to the components.
Funding Details: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
European Commission Horizon 2020
Funding Details: Vinnova, Sweden's Innovation Agency
Formas, Swedish Energy Agency
Forestry Commissioners for the UK
Ministry of the Environment for Finland
Agency for Renewable Resources for Germany
Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities for Spain
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport for Slovenia
ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue
Type of material: Technical Report
Publisher: InFutUReWood
Keywords: Circular economyBuilding sectorBuilding reuse
DOI: 10.23699/bh1w-zn97
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISBN: 978-91-89167-67-4
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Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection

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