TECHNE 22 (2021): Circular Transition and Design
Research and Experimentation

End-of-life management as a design tool: the case of a dry wood envelope

Elisabetta Palumbo
Institute of Sustainability in Civil Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germania
Francesca Camerin
Dipartimento Culture del progetto, Università Iuav di Venezia, Italia
Chiara Panozzo
Dipartimento Culture del progetto, Università Iuav di Venezia, Italia
Massimo Rossetti
Dipartimento Culture del progetto, Università Iuav di Venezia, Italia
Published July 29, 2021
Keywords
  • Building envelope dry construction,
  • Life cycle thinking,
  • End of life,
  • Design for Disassembly,
  • Circular economy
How to Cite
Palumbo, E., Camerin, F., Panozzo, C., & Rossetti, M. (2021). End-of-life management as a design tool: the case of a dry wood envelope. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (22), 260-270. https://doi.org/10.36253/techne-10617

Abstract

This paper is part of the design strategies of reassembly and reuse of buildings according to the transition to circular economy. Specifically, the paper addresses the issue of architectural envelopes made of drywall and their executive design according to a Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) approach, based on a case study of a temporary wooden housing unit for which there are several scenarios of use and end of life once the first cycle of use of the components of the envelope has come to an end. In particular, the paper, based on the collection of environmental profiles of products through Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), wants to define a balance between the environmental impacts incorporated in the used materials and the benefits related to the adoption of dry construction techniques.

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