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Building with Reclaimed Components and Materials
A Design Handbook for Reuse and Recycling

ISBN 9781849770637
Published May 16, 2012 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Interest in green and sustainable design is growing throughout the world. Both national and local governments are active in promoting reuse and recycling in order to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. This guide identifies how building designers and constructors can minimize the generation of waste at the design stage of a building project by using reclaimed components and materials.

Authoritative, accessible and much-needed, this book highlights the opportunities for using reclaimed components and materials and recycled-content building products for each element of a building, from structure and foundations to building services and external works. Current experience is illustrated with international case studies and practical advice. It discusses different approaches to designing with recycling in mind, and identifies the key issues to address when specifying reclaimed components and recycled materials in construction work.

This book will be invaluable for building professionals � including architects, specifiers, structural and service engineers, quantity surveyors, contractors and facilities managers � as well as students of architecture and civil engineering.

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Part I: The World of Reclamation, Reuse and Recycling * Why do it? * Reclamation, reuse and recycling are not new ideas * The basic concepts of reclamation, reuse and recycling * The reuse and recycling market place * Part II: Case Studies of Reuse and Recycling * Swedish student accommodation made from reclaimed materials * BedZED, London, UK * The C.K. Choi Building, University of British Columbia, Canada * The reclaimed vicarage, Birmingham, UK * Using recycled-content building products in the US * BRE Building 16: The 'energy-efficient office of the future', Garston, UK * The Earth Centre, Sheffield, UK * Westborough School, Southend, UK * Canalside West, Huddersfield, UK * Reusing structural steelwork * Fitout of Duchi shoe shop, Scheveningen, Netherlands * Part III: Making Reclamation, Reuse and Recycling Happen * Not the 'usual' approach to design and procurement * Decision-making * Opportunities for reuse and recycling * Seeking and finding the buildings, goods and materials * Ensuring reclamation, reuse and recycling happens * Part IV: Design Guidance: Foundations and Retaining Structures * Building foundations * Reuse of foundations in situ * Use of reclaimed products and materials * Recycled-content building products * Case studies * Part V: Design Guidance: Building Structure * Reuse, reclamation and recycling in the structure of buildings * Masonry (load-bearing and non-load-bearing) * Structural frame: Timber * Structural frame: Iron and steel * Structural frame: In situ concrete and pre-cast concrete * Floors in the structural frame * Part VI: Design Guidance: Building Envelope * Reclamation, reuse and recycling in the building envelope * Cladding systems * Roofing * Waterproofing * Case studies: Fa ade reuse and refurbishment * Part VII: Design Guidance: Enclosure, Interiors and External Works * Space enclosure: Partitions, insulation, ceilings, raised floors * Windows * Doors * Stairs and balustrades * Surface finishes/floor coverings * Furniture and equipment * Sanitary, laundry and cleaning equipment * External works * Part VIII: Design Guidance: Mechanical and Electrical Services * Mechanical and electrical services * Mechanical heating/cooling/refrigeration systems * Ventilation and air-conditioning systems * Piped supply and disposal systems * Electrical supply, power and lighting systems * Information and communications products * Lifts and escalators *

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Bill Addis leads the sustainability team at Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, UK. The research for this book was carried out by staff in Buro Happold and the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), under the guidance of a consortium of partners in industry and academia, with financial support from the UK Government Department of Trade and Industry.


'Expert advice on reuse and recycling in building construction is urgently needed. Using existing resources in a more responsible way is central to this design guide. A very welcome addition to the literature'Tom Woolley, Professor of Architecture, Queens University Belfast, and author of the acclaimed Green Building Handbook'The message from this book is that if you have the time and inclination then it is possible to source, check and incorporate reused materials into your buildings.'Ecotech