Nowadays, buildings consist in an assembly of several components and systems allowing
them to fit the users’ technical, functional and comfort needs. In general, buildings’ systems
and components are rather integrated into each-other and therefore, rather difficult to
maintain, repair, update or dismantle separately, leading to precocious obsolescence and
Design for Change (DfC) and Design for Disassembly (DfD) approaches aim at a reduction
of waste by designing buildings enabling reuse of their components, elements and materials.
To do so, one key aspect is the interface between buildings’ components. Indeed, depending
on the connection type (reversible, non-reversible), their accessibility and assembly sequence,
buildings’ ease of dismantling may differ drastically.
Today, approaches such as the relational pattern method, propose to map components’
interactions through nodes and edges representing respectively components and connections.
Although a network is defined within the framework of this method, it appears that the
networks are mainly used as visual support for the assessor, allowing him to qualify
components’ interactions. This paper explores the potential of graph theories in general, and
social network analysis to characterise buildings’ networks.
To do so, comparisons between DfD concepts and graph theory metrics will be investigated
to show the main similarities, differences and opportunities. Furthermore, a discussion
showing the specific interest of social network for DfD will be developed. Finally, the
implementation and testing of those propositions into an automated Building Information
Modelling (BIM) tool will prove the potential, limitations and opportunities of such
In conclusion, this research proposes to use state-of-the art knowledge of other fields related
to data management and network analytics to be able to characterize and assess disassembly
and therefore, will allow designers to reduce waste and increase buildings’ reuse of
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational HISER Conference on Advances in Recycling and Management of Construction and Demolition Waste
Place of PublicationDelft, The Netherlands
PublisherDelft University of Technology
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6186-826-8
StatePublished - Jun 2017
EventHISER International Conference - TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 21 Jun 201723 Jun 2017


ConferenceHISER International Conference
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    Research areas

  • BIM, Design for Change, Design for Disassembly, Design decision support, SNA

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