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Design and Detailing for Deconstruction

Design and Detailing for Deconstruction
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1.0 Introduction

2.0 The Context
2.1 Aims of this Guide
2.2 Target audience
2.3 How to use this guide
2.4 Scope and definitions
2.5 The economics of deconstruction
2.6 Responsibilities, roles and principles

3.0 Building Resource Efficiency
3.1 Ecological principles
3.2 Natural and recycled resources
3.3 Energy
3.4 Waste: closing the loop
3.5 Regionalism

4.0 Design Approach
4.1 Strategy: re-use or recycle?
4.2 Strategic deconstruction
4.3 Deconstruction in detail
4.4 The Deconstruction Plan
4.5 Moving on: ownership and responsibilities

5.0 Deconstruction Detailing Principles
5.1 Adaptability
5.2 Layering
5.3 Access
5.4 Connections
5.5 Durable components
5.6 Structure
5.7 Insulation & airtightness
5.8 Skins
5.9 Services
5.10 Key construction materials: re-use potential
5.11 Risk & safety issues
5.12 Existing building stock

6.0 The Details
6.1 Double leaf concrete block (pdf format: 252kb)
6.2 Timber frame (pdf format: 253kb)
6.3 Steel frame with curtain walling (pdf format: 159kb)
6.4 Refurbishment of masonry building (pdf format: 208kb)
6.5 Concrete frame and panel (pdf format: 202kb)

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Welcome to the website for the UK's first guide on Detailing for Deconstruction, the first of three web mounted design guides commissioned by SEDA - the Scottish Ecological Design Association - and funded by a Sustainable Action Grant from the Scottish Executive.

Minimising resource use is a key issue in relation to sustainable design, and specific detailing for the deconstruction of buildings is becoming increasingly important as part of Scotland's commitment to reduce construction waste and increase construction efficiency.

The guide is divided into six chapters; Chapters One to Five examine the context and principles of designing for deconstruction. Chapter six consists of five typical construction details together with alternatives which optimise the potential for each detail to exploit deconstruction and waste reduction techniques, along with explanations and costs.

The research presented on this site was prepared by Locate Architects and EDG / Fionn Stevenson.

Also in this series of guides:
Design Guide 2: Design and Detailing for Airtighness
Design Guide 3: Design and Detailing for Toxic Chemical Reduction in Buildings