End-of-life Disassembly and Re-use of Mass Timber

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2796
Topic
Design and Systems
Environmental Impact
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Organization
TallWood Design Institute
Oregon State University
Country of Publication
United States
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Design and Systems
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Deconstructable Connections
End of Life
Disassembly
Reuse
Mass Timber
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Project contact is Lech Muszynski at Oregon State University
Summary
The aim of this project is to remove this vulnerability by thoughtful conceptualization of basic strategies for optimizing the design of mass timber buildings for successful post-use material recovery/reuse and end-of-life climate benefit. Research questions will include: 1. Is demolition of decommissioned mass timber buildings a viable end-of-life option at all? 2. Can deconstruction be conducted by following construction steps in reverse order? 3.What may be the extent of damage inflicted to the connection nests, connected edges and surfaces of MTP elements during a deconstruction? 4.Can original connection nests be safely reused in structures re-using deconstructed MTP elements? 5.What is the impact of techniques and technologies selected at the design, production, and construction stages on the EOL options and carbon cost of deconstruction, 6. What is the carbon impact of deconstruction on reuse or recycling of MTP elements? 7. Do the existing deconstruction companies in the Pacific northwest have capacity to process mass timber panels that could not be reused? 8. What is the carbon costs of transportation and repurposing/recycling of MTP elements for non-structural uses?
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