Designing assemblies in order to minimise their impact on the environment is becoming increasingly important. Many designers are beginning to recognise this fact and are, therefore, demanding design concepts, tools and techniques that enable them to design more responsibly. Design to Dismantle (or for Deconstruction) appears to be one such technique or tool that that could help achieve this objective.
This is Phase II of a multi-Phase project dealing with the introduction and application of DFD principles to timber construction systems. In Phase II, applicability of DFD principles to residential constructions made of CLT panels or post-and-beam wood products were reviewed. DFD concepts like adaptability, connections, access and layering were analysed to verify the suitability of adopting such concepts in wood-based structural systems. Based on the study findings so far, the adoption of DFD concepts to CLT and post-and-beam wood-based systems seem to be promising. More analysis however, is necessary for developing better procedures and tools to facilitate the adoption of DFD concepts by designers and to arrive at an efficient methodology applicable to timber systems at the design stage.