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Design for deconstruction using a circular economy approach: Barriers and strategies for improvement

Akinade, Olugbenga; Oyedele, Lukumon; Oyedele, Ahmed; Davila Delgado, Juan Manuel; Bilal, Muhammad; Akanbi, Lukman; Ajayi, Anuoluwapo; Owolabi, Hakeem


Olugbenga Akinade
Associate Professor - AR/VR Development with Artificial Intelligence

Ahmed Oyedele

Juan Manuel Davila Delgado

Muhammad Bilal
Associate Professor - Big Data Application

Lukman Akanbi
Associate Professor - Big Data Application Developer

Hakeem Owolabi
Associate Professor - Project Analytics and Digital Enterprise


This study explores the current practices of Design for Deconstruction (DfD) as a strategy for achieving circular economy. Keeping in view the opportunities accruable from DfD, a review of the literature was carried out and six focus group interviews were conducted to identify key barriers to DfD practices. The results of phenomenology reveal 26 barriers under five key barrier categories. The barrier categories to DfD are ‘lack of stringent legislation and policies’, ‘lack of adequate information at the design stage’, ‘lack of large enough market for recovered components’, ‘difficulty in developing a business case for DfD’, and ‘lack of effective DfD tools’. After this, the study identifies the strategies for overcoming these barriers. The paper, therefore, addresses the need for actions within the construction industry to bring DfD to the fore towards achieving the current global sustainability agenda.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Production Planning and Control
Print ISSN 0953-7287
Electronic ISSN 1366-5871
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Akinade, O., Oyedele, L., Oyedele, A., Davila Delgado, J. M., Bilal, M., Akanbi, L., …Owolabi, H. (in press). Design for deconstruction using a circular economy approach: Barriers and strategies for improvement. Production Planning and Control,
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