Design for Disassembly and Deconstruction - Challenges and Opportunities

Fernanda Cruz Rios, Oswald Chong, David Grau Torrent

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Construction waste management has become extremely important due to stricter disposal and landfill regulations, and a lesser number of available landfills. There are extensive works done on waste treatment and management of the construction industry. Concepts like deconstruction, recyclability, and Design for Disassembly (DfD) are examples of better construction waste management methods. Although some authors and organizations have published rich guides addressing the DfD's principles, there are only a few buildings already developed in this area. This study aims to find the challenges in the current practice of deconstruction activities and the gaps between its theory and implementation. Furthermore, it aims to provide insights about how DfD can create opportunities to turn these concepts into strategies that can be largely adopted by the construction industry stakeholders in the near future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProcedia Engineering
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2015
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction, ICSDEC 2015 - Chicago, United States
Duration: May 10 2015May 13 2015


OtherInternational Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction, ICSDEC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Deconstruction
  • Design for Disassembly
  • Recyclability
  • Recycle
  • Reuse
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Sustainable Design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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