A morphological design and evaluation model for the development of circular facades

Pieter Robert Beurskens, M.J.M. Bakx, M.J. Ritzen, Elma Durmisevic, J.J.N. Lichtenberg

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    The current construction industry can be characterized by its linear model of material use resulting in waste with its possible negative impact on the environment and society. As a solution to the inefficient material use of the construction industry, they should strive to a circular model of material use. This can be obtained by the application of the circular economy concept. However, clear guidance on how to apply the circular economy concept in buildings is still to be fully developed. In this research, a Circular Building Framework (CBF) and a Morphological Design and Evaluation Model (MDEM) have been developed for the facade. The CBF forms the starting point of the MDEM by providing a holistic view on all aspects related to the design and functioning of circular buildings. The MDEM forms a first draft to apply two essential principles ‘design for disassembly’ and ‘design for adaptability’ in the development of circular designed facades. In the MDEM two types of conceptual circular facade design solutions are identified making the facade designer aware about the consequences of different design decisions. The application of the MDEM will reclaim the embodied values of facade products by enabling them to enter re-life options at high quality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSustainable built environment: Transition zero
    Place of PublicationUtrecht
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)978-90-815602-9-0
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2016
    EventSustainable Built Environment: Transition Zero 2016: The Utrecht SBE16 Conference - Utrecht, Netherlands
    Duration: 7 Apr 20168 Apr 2016


    ConferenceSustainable Built Environment: Transition Zero 2016


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