UBC Undergraduate Research

Designing for efficient deconstruction Poon, Chi-Yuen Winston


Green building is getting an ever growing portion of the spotlight in today’s world. As people become more knowledgeable about the environmental issues, they are pushing for solutions that can aid in making society more sustainable. This has taken many forms, but there is a lot of potential in building construction that could be utilized from this movement. Designing buildings for efficient deconstruction could be one of the keys to improve the sustainability of buildings. Deconstruction is often passed over for the speed and perceived low price of demolition. This leaves many building materials that could be salvageable to be wasted and dumped needlessly in landfills. In order to fight this, knowledge of the deconstruction must be communicated. There are current building methods that could be should be fine tuned for this purpose, making them more mainstream and accepted. The materials that would be ideal for making these buildings have been in use for many years, but they need only be designed in such a way that they can be simply deconstructed. This concept of designing buildings for deconstruction may need to alter some perceptions about buildings before they can become mainstream. If done correctly, this could change the way many buildings are designed in the future.

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