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Demolition Rates of Buildings with Different Functions and Construction Materials

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYRSB16 - iiSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2016
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations for Sustainable Future June 21, 2016, Prague
EditorsJulie Zelezna, Petr Hajek, Jan Tywoniak, Antonin Lupisek, Katerina Sojkova
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherCzech Technical University in Prague
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-80-01-05979-1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventForum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building -
Duration: 22 Jul 2016 → …


ConferenceForum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building
Period22/07/16 → …


Obsolescence of buildings is a complex phenomenon. Previous research has found that demolition of buildings is primarily determined by behavioural aspects, amongst which is the use of the building. At the same time, service life design of buildings keeps focusing strongly on physical factors, such as the durability of materials. This study intends to shed light on the relationship of the building’s function and material by investigating demolition rates of Finnish buildings that are made of different materials (timber, concrete, bricks, steel) and that have different functions (10 categories, both residential and non-residential). The study uses demolition data from the Finnish Building and Dwelling Register (50 818 buildings – all buildings demolished between 2000 and 2012) and statistical data on the composition of the entire building stock. According to the results, the building type seems to be more decisive than the material. The highest loss rates take place amongst warehouse buildings.

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland