Precycling: Avoiding the Abundance of Waste on a Construction Site

This article is interesting because it discusses how many people are just focusing on recycling and remanufacturing, when designers should be thinking about preventing this much waste from the start.  It is not that recycling or recovering materials is something that we should ignore, but so much effort is going towards that, that when we should be thinking about what is going to happen to our product idea in the after life, even before we start designing. The materials we use are not the only thing we have to worry about being harmful to our environment, the manufacturing process can often be just as bad.  The process that a designer chooses can be wasteful or harmful to the environment, it is something that should be thought about very early on in the process.  Even though this article mainly focuses on construction, it is helpful to see that in other areas of design, a preventative step is being taken.

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-Courtney

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3 thoughts on “Precycling: Avoiding the Abundance of Waste on a Construction Site

  1. Michele Goe

    I like this example of focusing on manufacturing material waste and energy. How can this example enlighten our current laptop redesign project? In some ways laptops already minimize material use in manufacturing when they are injection molded from plastic. The opportunity for energy reduction is in manufacturing. Is there any way to reduce the manufacturing energy?

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  2. mustafizur rahman

    Material use and waste will also go side by side, always there is waste b/w input and output (this is the law of thermoDynamics) but efficiency factor will always be there and how we can achieve better efficiency.

    By better recycling method we can minimize the loss.The most important step for recycling of construction waste is on-site separation. Initially, this will take some extra effort and training of construction personnel. Once separation habits are established, on-site separation can be done at little or no additional cost.

    The initial step in a construction waste reduction strategy is good planning. Design should be based on standard sizes and materials should be ordered accurately. Additionally, using high quality materials such as engineered products reduces rejects. This approach can reduce the amount of material needing to be recycled and bolster profitability and economy for the builder and customer.

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  3. Brian Madden

    Two years ago, I moved into an off-campus house that had just been built. The builder simply left all the extra materials in the garage. It’s always been an inconvenience because we never knew what to do with them, but since so much time has gone by, we’ve been starting to do a little repurposing. They’re getting a new life out of projects that we work on, but I’m not sure if the builder will ever come back to pick up the extra window he left behind.

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