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Title: DECONSTRUCTION: TRANSFORMING TODAY �S DEMOLITION
Authors: TAN JIA LING ESTHER
Keywords: Building
Project and Facilities Management
Chew Yit Lin Michael
2010/2011 PFM
Issue Date: 20-May-2011
Citation: TAN JIA LING ESTHER (2011-05-20). DECONSTRUCTION: TRANSFORMING TODAY �S DEMOLITION. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Conventional demolition methods are accompanied by many associated costs of physical pollution and accumulation of waste. The recent emphasis on environmental sustainability further highlights the shortcomings of using destructive demolition. Deconstruction was introduced as an alternative to mechanical demolition, and concurrently, attempts to eradicate the adverse impacts brought about by it. Much progress is already accomplished in Europe and the United Kingdom, but less in Asia and particularly in Singapore. Hence, with deconstruction starting to gain attention, this study looks at its progress and its extent of use both locally and overseas. It aims to evaluate the suitability of local demolition projects for deconstruction and the possible challenges faced by contractors. The research design comprises a preliminary survey showing the limited application of deconstruction by locally registered demolition contractors, which is investigated for its phenomenon and the feasibility of deconstruction in Singapore. Further depth is then reported through case studies, and contractors gave feedback with greater depth as to the issues with using deconstruction. Issues impeding the progression of deconstruction and current methods used in Singapore are analyzed and compared with the Susquehanna Deconstruction Project in Philadelphia. The data collected from both surveys and case studies reflected a large extent of poor feasibility of deconstruction being applied in Singapore. The findings also identified influencing factors such as complex tendering procedures, short project duration, and small recycling market that pose difficulties to successful applications of deconstruction. However, limitations such as non-responses and poor replies from contractors in both surveys and case studies confined the effectiveness of this study to provide a conclusive analysis on the demolition industry. Despite the limitations, the observations derived is used as basis for discussion in recommending potential solutions and suggestions to either lessen or eliminate influencing factors to improve feasibility of using deconstruction. This study therefore will help policy makers and industry players such as developers and contractors to grow in awareness of the limitations in local projects and the need to address these limitations in view of environmental responsibility.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222828
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