An exciting design competition is still accepting registrations, but for just one more month. The Lifecycle Building Challenge is a design competition meant to stimulate creative approaches to the design, construction, and deconstruction of buildings. In a country where conventional buildings are typically designed with just the first 10 to 20 years in mind, building renovation and demolition accounts for 30% of the waste generated each year. Allowing for potential uses of the materials after the life of the building is one step to drastically reducing the amount of waste created annually.
The website also gives a few case studies in design for deconstruction. One of the case studies is the Chartwell School, a K-8 school in Seaside, California specializing in the education of children with language-related visual an audtiory learning challenges. The Chartwell School is a LEED Platinum project for which Sherwood was a member of the design team, working on the site stormwater and open space aspects of the project. The entire project team did a great job designing for deconstruction in many ways, including the design of a modular frame and the use of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). These elements all contribute to the ease of deconstruction as well as the likelihood of reuse, as they are both durable and valuable for a long period of time.
Posted by: Mike A.