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New ISO standard for optimizing building use and reusing and recycling components released

Aim is to realize full potential value of a building throughout its life cycle.

February 25, 2020 |

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A new ISO standard has the goal of optimizing building use to realize a structure’s full potential throughout its life cycle.

ISO 20887, Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works, pertains to design for disassembly and adaptability. It includes principles, requirements, and guidance to help owners, architects, engineers, and any other party involved in the life cycle of a building to improve its sustainability, according to an ISO news release.

The standard assists users by extending the building’s life through effective adaptability that makes it suitable for another use; and by optimizing its resources at the end of life through effective disassembly, reuse, recycling, and disposal of its materials. “The result is reduced carbon emissions through optimal use of the building, lower costs through longer lifespan and better use of resources, and less waste going into landfills,” the release states. 

“Users get the most benefit from disassembly and adaptability guidance if they consider its integration into the very early stages of the building works project,” said Philippe Osset, chair of the ISO subcommittee that developed the standard.

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