Deconstruction for Circularity part I

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A building is demolished, its environmental protection potential is not considered and is not part of the decision-making process. The limited resources lead to a foreseeable shortage. Oil, metals and sand are common materials in the building industry and the term urban mining is gaining in relevance, as in some cases more raw materials are used in cities than are naturally still available. The majority of the building fabric is hardly designed for recycling and is partly contaminated with harmful substances. For this reason, in practice, only partially selective demolition is usually used instead of selective dismantling, in which all material fractions are collected and kept separately, thus preventing high-quality recycling. The correct dismantling process is crucial in order to recover the materials already used in a sorted manner. Deconstruction is also not implemented in practice, although it allows direct reuse of components.


The students deal with the ecological significance of the end of life of buildings and compare different deconstruction scenarios.

Due to the development of COVID-19, the course is expected to take place in partial presence.

All course content will be made available via Moodle and the course will be in English. The seminar is also part of the master programme 'Construction and Robotics'.

Part of the course is the assembly and dismantling of a wall construction on site with the help of robots as well as the collecton of life cycle data.

Course dates


 1. introduction and tasks 5.11.2020 10-12:00 am

 2. introduction of cycle-compatible construction 12.11.2020 10-12:00 am

 3. deconstruction in building construction 19.11.2020 10-12:00 am



Introduction: 5.11.2020, 10:00 - 12:00

Consultation of lectures: 26.11.2020, 10:00 - 12:00 h

Intermediate submission: 30.11.2020 (upload via Moodle)

Intermediate meeting: 3.12.2020, 10:00 - 13:00

Final submission: 14.12.2020 (upload via Moodle)

Final presentation meeting: 17.12.2020, 14:00 - 17:00

Final documentation: 22.12.2020 (upload via Moodle)