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Analysis of Barriers and the Potential for Exploration of Deconstruction Techniques in Portuguese Construction Sites

  • João Couto

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    (Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal)

  • Armanda Couto

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    (Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal)

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    Deconstructing a building is the careful dismantling of that building so as to make possible the recovery of construction materials and components, promoting their reuse and recycling. However, deconstruction remains a rare procedure in Portugal. Using previous studies and data collected from present experiences, this paper presents a critical discussion on the importance of deconstruction for rehabilitation. Its aims are to discuss the main advantages, barriers and opportunities of this demolition technique, as well as the guidelines to the design process, aiming at assuring a successful management deconstruction process. Suggestions to impel this technique in Portugal are also described.

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    Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (January)
    Pages: 428-442

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:428-442:d:6957
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