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How timber buildings can be designed for deconstruction and reuse in accordance with ISO 20887

Sandin, Ylva; Cramer, Marlene; Sandberg, Karin


Ylva Sandin

Karin Sandberg


There is a need for a shift towards circular economy in the building and construction sector. Design for deconstruction and reuse (DfDR) and design for adaptability (DfA) have been suggested as means to facilitate reuse of buildings and diminish waste and material consumption. A standard, ISO 20887:2020, has appeared to support the implementation of DfDR/A. One objective of this study is to demonstrate timber building design examples that can be considered consistent with the standard and designs that should be avoided. Another objective is to examine if there are important aspects of DfDR/A for timber buildings that are insufficiently covered by ISO 20887:2020. The broader, long-term aim of the work is to remove thresholds to DfDR/A by providing support for designers and industry in applying the standard. The principles and strategies in ISO 20887:2020 are illustrated with practical examples from case studies, organised in a searchable database.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2023)
Start Date Jun 19, 2023
End Date Jun 22, 2023
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2022
Publication Date Jun 16, 2023
Deposit Date Jun 16, 2023
Pages 3558-3567
Book Title World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2023)
Keywords Disassembly; adaptability; circular economy; timber building; ISO 20887
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