TECHNE 22 (2021): Circular Transition and Design
Essays and Viewpoint

Remanufacturing: strategies to enhance the life extension of short-cycle building products

Cinzia Talamo
Dipartimento di Architettura, ambiente costruito e ingegneria delle costruzioni, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Monica Lavagna
Dipartimento di Architettura, ambiente costruito e ingegneria delle costruzioni, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Carol Monticelli
Dipartimento di Architettura, ambiente costruito e ingegneria delle costruzioni, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Alessandra Zanelli
Dipartimento di Architettura, ambiente costruito e ingegneria delle costruzioni, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Andrea Campioli
Dipartimento di Architettura, ambiente costruito e ingegneria delle costruzioni, Politecnico di Milano, Italia
Published July 29, 2021
Keywords
  • Regenerative circular economy,
  • Construction sector,
  • Remanufacturing, Reuse,
  • Life cycle management,
  • Tertiary
How to Cite
Talamo, C., Lavagna, M., Monticelli, C., Zanelli, A., & Campioli, A. (2021). Remanufacturing: strategies to enhance the life extension of short-cycle building products. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (22), 71-78. https://doi.org/10.36253/techne-10591

Abstract

This essay explores the issues of reuse and remanufacturing in the construction sector, considered to be key strategies for circularity and value conservation, based on the extension of product life through multiple use cycles. The main levers for boosting the logic of reuse and remanufacturing are investigated, as well as the major barriers that hinder their spread. In particular, the focus is on the components coming from the renovation of tertiary buildings (offices, accommodation, exhibitions, retail), characterised by short use cycles. These components are the most suitable for innovative remanufacturing experiments, since they are distinguished by high economic value and high residual performance after the replacement process.

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