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Designing for dismantling, #reuse & #recycling #building #design via @GreenSpec |Really intg piece!

Designing for dismantling, re-use and recycling Building materials need not be used just the once and then discarded at the end of a building's life. Reporting on her recent wide-ranging study, Dr Paola Sassi examines how to design with one eye on the future. Introduction At the end of a building’s life, it can either be demolished or it can be dismantled and the elements and materials reused and recycled. The most environmentally beneficial use of waste is to reuse it, reuse being associated with higher reductions of embodied energy and emissions to air and water compared to recycling. However recent surveys undertaken by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions estimates a minimum of 53 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste being produced annually in the UK, of which 24 million tonnes of inert waste are recycled (recycled and downcycled) and...

Full article: http://www.greenspec.co.uk/design-dismantling.php

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