A Process Map for Applying BIM to Design for Deconstruction

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Construction industry is the biggest waste producer industry in the world. Circular economy introduces methods to increase the recovery of materials’ value by returning them back to construction cycles; as its cornerstone, deconstruction is introduced to eliminate demolition. Design for Deconstruction (DfD) facilitates deconstruction at the end of building's lifetime by designing and planning. Availability of buildings’ information is also vital to achieve DfD goals. BIM is a suitable solution for interoperability of different information through different phases of a building lifetime, and between different participants. However, lack of standards for using BIM hinders its utilization. Desk research and case study provide theoretical and practical input to the research. By investigating the requirements of DfD and the practical issues that hinder the use of BIM, a process map is developed for applying BIM to DfD.