UBC Graduate Research

Building Adaptability & Deconstruction : Using Less Materials to Reduce Environmental Impact Abdolkarimi, Hamid; Banaei, Shima; Bastamipour, Mansoureh; De Costella, Marianne; Eden, Daniel


The research presented in this report explores how to increase building adaptability and how to design for deconstruction, with the ultimate goal of reducing materials used at UBC. This exploration is directly in-line with the “Materials” component of UBC’s Green Building Action Plan. Reducing materials used in construction or choosing materials that are less harmful to the environment is critical to reduce UBC’s environmental impact. The team that conducted this research used two frameworks to guide its investigation: the 7S Model and the ReSOLVE framework. The 7S model breaks buildings down into 7 layers – these are presented as sections in this report. The ReSOLVE framework considers 6 components of the circular economy: Regenerate, Share, Optimize, Loop, Virtualize and Exchange. Theses lenses were applied to each building layer to generate research ideas. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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