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Beyond Recycling: Design for Disassembly, Reuse, and Circular Economy in the Built Environment

Abstract Today, we use resources faster than they can be replaced. Construction consumes more resources than any other industry and has one of the largest waste streams. Resource consumption and waste generation are expected to grow as the global population increases. The circular economy (CE) is based on the concept of a closed-loop cycle (CLC) and proposes a solution that, in theory, can eliminate the environmental impacts caused by construction and demolition (C&D) waste and increase the efficiency of resources’ use. In a CLC, building materials are reused, remanufactured, recycled, and reintegrated into other buildings (or into other sectors) without creating any waste.

Designing out waste is the core principle of the CE. Design for disass... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Campos da Cruz Rios, Fernanda (Author) / Grau, David (Advisor) / Chong, Oswald (Advisor) / Grau, David (Committee member) / Chong, Oswald (Committee member) / Parrish, Kristen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Engineering / Architecture / Building materials / Circular economy / Design for disassembly / Life cycle assessment / Recycling / Reuse
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 161 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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