Design for Disassembly for Residential Construction

The purpose of this research is to find resources for designers and architects to be able to implement designing for disassembly (DfD) principles highlighting the opportunities to use wood in residential construction. However, these resources include information that can apply to all types of construction and building types.

This report contains information that can immediately be incorporated into projects to increase their potential for deconstruction and disassembly. In BC, wood is an important building material, both because it is locally available and it economically benefits communities across the province. Wood in construction also has the environmental benefit of sequestering carbon for decades. With its high potential for reuse, we can extend that sequestration to centuries.

Finally, creating a truly circular building industry would require that salvaged and recycled material use is prioritized in construction. In order to “close the loop,” resources for designing with, and sourcing salvaged material have been included.

This resource is publicly available from BC Housing.

Design for Disassembly for Residential Construction

This report, by BC Housing, outlines resources to be used to implement designing for disassembly.