Assessment of the energy savings and CO2 emissions reduction of glass structures through alternative demolition scenarios

Kayili M. , VEER F., ÇELEBİ G.

GLASS STRUCTURES & ENGINEERING, cilt.1, ss.435-449, 2016 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 1 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s40940-016-0024-3
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.435-449


Glass is a material that has been significantly increasing its role in architecture in recent decades. Although glass is a material that can survive long, as can be seen from the archaeological pieces in many museums, in practice the glass structures that built nowadays have a finite life time. A notorious case is the original New York Apple Cube, which was removed and replaced within several years of original completion. Whatever the eventual lifetime of the structure, there will be a point where the structure needs to be demolished. This introduces critical questions about the relation between ecological impact and the demolition methods and procedure. This paper looks at the eco-impact of different end of life scenarios of glass structures, using the Haarlem glass cube as a well-documented example to determine the differences between various ends of life scenarios.