Structure for the classification of disassembly applied to BIM models

Leticia Mattaraia, Marcio Minto Fabricio, Ricardo Codinhoto

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To consider disassembly from project inception is becoming an essential part of the design process. For it enables the reuse and recycling of materials at the end of the life cycle of buildings. Also, it reduces the need for raw materials for the production of new products, while increasing a building's flexibility concerning reconfiguration. Above all, it contributes to the sustainable development of the sector. However, not much is known about designing for future disassembly. In general, the design phase of construction projects tends to focus efforts on constructability, and the value of disassembly only becomes apparent when it is time to decommission a building. The construction sector is unfamiliar with the disassembly approach, and with the extended information management process, linking design and decommissioning for over 60 years. With regards to this latter aspect, advances in Building Information Modelling (BIM) research offers opportunities for further developing the field of design for disassembly (DfD) of construction projects. Therefore, this research aims to explore the structuring of DfD information enabled by BIM to support integrated design decision-making in construction. This applied research project is inherently exploratory and based on design science research. DfD principles were identified through a literature review that informed the development of an integrated DfD information model for measuring disassembly levels of design solutions. This research presents both a contribution to practice by developing an information model structure that can be used for supporting DfD and integrated design. It also contributes to DfD knowledge by proposing a disassembly classification system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-73
JournalArchitectural Engineering and Design Management
Issue number1
Early online date17 Aug 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Aug 2021


  • building information modeling
  • Design for disassembly
  • integrated design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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