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August 2005 | DES 31

Design for Disassembly – Themes and Principles

Philip Crowther

The disassembly of buildings to recover materials and components for future reuse is not widely practiced in the modern construction industry.  This note covers a range of themes and offers a set of principles, or
guidelines, for design for disassembly that can be applied to a project in order to facilitate and encourage greater rates of reuse and recycling in the future.  The note replaces the previous note DES 31 'Design for
Disassembly' by offering more specific guidance on why, when, what and how to design for disassembly. Further to that, it describes a more developed relationship between significant issues surrounding design for disassembly.

Keywords: design disassembly, recycle, reuse, waste management

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Related note: 'Design for Adaptability — An Introduction to the Principles and Basic Strategies' GEN 66 | Feb 2005

Related Continuum CPD seminar: Adaptation and Reuse by Emma Young

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