The building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions and consumes up to 40% of all energy, creating pressure for buildings to reduce their environmental impact over their entire life cycle. The facade of a building typically represents 25-30% of its embodied energy and would previously been sent to the local landfill along with the rest of the building at the end of its useful life. By designing for disassembly carbon emissions the equivalent of taking approximately 800 cars off the road for a year can be saved.
Design for Disassembly: The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) awards a Green Star credit* for 'Design for Disassembly' allowing for the reuse of building components. To achieve disassembly, prefabricated structural modules and/or unitized facade modules need be integrated into the building design, encouraging innovative outcomes.
Three recent Bates Smart commercial projects in Sydney have achieved the Green Star credit, with more than 95% of their total facades being designed for disassembly, 7 Murray Rose Avenue Homebush, 180 Thomas Street and the Deco building at 155 Clarence Street.
*The credit can be awarded for either of two approaches to disassembly:
1.At least 50% area of the structural framing, roofing, and facade cladding systems; or
2.At least 95% of the total facade.
Bates Smart's expertise in facades and disassembly makes us a market leader in this area.