Design for disassembly as an instrument for the preservation of water resources in civil construction industry




Demolition, Water resources, Civil construction waste, Construction life cycle, Water footprint


With concerns related to the consumption of natural resources, changes in urban space, and the generation of waste by civil construction, strategies were created and developed to promote environmentally sustainable development. One of these is the design for deconstruction, as an alternative for minimizing solid waste, extending the useful life of materials, preserving embodied energy, and reducing areas for landfills and the consumption of natural resources. Due to the changes in the consumption profile and the records of the concern with facing a new water crisis, this study aims to identify the design guidelines for deconstruction that contribute to the preservation of water resources. For the development of this study, a narrative literature review was carried out with documentary research in the Scopus and Google Scholar databases, using keywords related to the topic. It was found that there are phases in which water consumption in civil construction is neglected, with less explored phases and an absence of available data and information. To achieve the proposed objective, information on water consumption in the sector and deconstruction guidelines were compiled and related. The linkages between the design guidelines for deconstruction and information on water use in the life cycle phases of buildings were demonstrated and analyzed with flowcharts. From this analysis, it was verified that deconstruction contributes to environmental preservation by considering the building in full, in all phases of existence.


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How to Cite

Spadotto, A., Gadda, T. M. C., & Nagalli, A. (2022). Design for disassembly as an instrument for the preservation of water resources in civil construction industry. Revista Brasileira De Ciências Ambientais (RBCIAMB), 57(3), 353–363.