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

Kayili M. T., Veer F., Celebi G.

GLASS STRUCTURES & ENGINEERING, vol.1, no.2, pp.435-449, 2016 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s40940-016-0024-3
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.435-449
  • Keywords: Glass construction, Laminated glass, End of life, Demolition method, Separation/collection method, WASTE
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


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.