Design a house in Finland from waste wood

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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Arkkitehtuurin maisteriohjelma
Nowadays, one of the main concerns of the modern world is Global warming. It can be said that the solution could be found by developing sustainability. Resources on our planet are becoming increasingly scarce, and the construction industry is still the biggest consumer of these resources and generates a high amount of waste. There is no choice to not build because these are shaped by human needs. But it is possible to study reclaiming and reusing components directly and thus create a truly circular way of building. The thesis took a process to examine the wood materials in the structural part of buildings constructed in the 1950s and then proposed a new design for a building from the reused materials, and finally calculated the CO2 emissions saved as a result of recovering these materials. To do so, one real existing building built in 1952 was chosen, its 3D model was created, and a list of materials was compiled. For the design part, first, the scenarios of the end-of-life were suggested and then determined which elements could be used directly and which indirectly. Based on the scenarios, the design boundaries were modified, and the final design was proposed. The recovered and reused materials were Bricks and structural wooden elements. The main goal was to reduce the production of CO2 in future designs and the result is that by this design, around 6 tons of CO2 emissions were saved as a result of recovering these materials. 2 tons of these gas emissions were for the wooden part and 4 tones belonged to reclaimed brick.
Kuittinen, Matti
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Hughes, Mark
reuse, circular economy, wooden structural house, life cycle assessment, waste, 1950s buildings
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