Design for reuse

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Through the incorporation of some basic principles into the design process, architects and builders can contribute to a more circular and sustainable construction industry, reducing waste and promoting the reuse of materials such as PIR insulation.  Designing buildings with a focus on the reuse of materials provides a sustainable approach. Ways of doing this include:

Mechanical fixings The use of adhesives or other materials can make it difficult to separate and reuse insulation boards and panels but substituting adhesives with mechanical fastening methods will allow for easy detachment. Using demountable connectors and fasteners for insulation panels will allow them to be dismantled without causing damage and the fasteners can be used for multiple installation cycles.

Modular and prefabricated design – Designing a building with modular components means that they can be easily disassembled and reassembled. Using prefabricated construction methods where insulated panels are manufactured off-site makes them easier to transport and reuse.  Prefabrication can contribute to more efficient disassembly and reassembly processes.

Education and training – The education of construction and maintenance teams about the importance of reusing materials is key along with training on proper disassembly and storage procedures.