Reuse Properties of Structural Members During Building Components Design

Yildirim S. G.

World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science, San-Francisco, Costa Rica, 23 - 25 October 2013, pp.1126-1130 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: San-Francisco
  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Page Numbers: pp.1126-1130


Using of recycled materials in furnishing built environment is the basic principle of sustainability in architecture. Reuse properties of structural members during building components design are being subjected in this study. Reuse offers greater environmental advantage than recycling. Reuse means using the demounted products again with or without any refurbishment. Reuse is not yet that common, but a certain degree of standardization is necessary. To have no waste is a topic for future research in architecture and engineering. The proposal of light gauge steel framing (LGS) system design as an industrialized building system in order to be used in the field of low rise residential through reuse of structural members is being presented in this study in the context of "open building" concept. The main choice reasons of LGS system are; being light structure concludes in using less amount of structural materials, having higher industrialization level, 100% recycling potential and being used in low rise residentials. The system design proposal is being presented on a designed catalog. Design parameters presented on the catalog are within the limits of LGS system specifications used in North America. The system catalog consist of installation principles, dimensional datum, grid properties, modular coordination rules at horizontal and vertical plain, location of wall studs and floor joists on the grid, structural member properties and order / production form. Manufacturers and designers can independently contribute to designed system by using this system catalog. Reuse of steel structural members and production efficiency in construction market is aimed by definition of limited number of members and modular coordination rules.