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

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  • João Couto

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

  • Armanda Couto

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

Abstract

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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  • João Couto & Armanda Couto, 2010. "Analysis of Barriers and the Potential for Exploration of Deconstruction Techniques in Portuguese Construction Sites," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(2), pages 1-15, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:428-442:d:6957
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    Keywords

    deconstruction; rehabilitation; waste management; reuse; construction sites;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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