SCI is looking at how the reuse of structural steel members could be facilitated by design for deconstruction.

On aspect of this is work is whether greater standardisation could be adopted to increase the likelihood of future reuse. 

We would be pleased if you could respond to this survey based on your knowledge and experience.

* 1. What are the current drivers for standardisation of steel members within a recent project(s) that you were involved in?
Please rank the drivers below (6 = highest and 1 = lowest importance)

* 2. Please mention any other drivers for standardisation of steel members

* 3. What do you think are the drivers for standardisation across a number of similar projects, e.g. schools, warehouses, etc.?
Please rank the drivers below (5 = highest and 1 = lowest importance)

* 4. Please mention any other drivers for standardisation across a range of similar projects

* 5. What aspects of the design of steel structures could be standardised (or further standardised) to facilitate future reuse of structural steel members?
Tick all that apply

* 6. What building types offer the greatest opportunities for standardisation of dimensions and section sizes?
Please rank the building types below (7 = greatest and 1 = least opportunities)

* 7. Do you or your organisation adopt standard planning grids in your projects?

* 8. In your experience, what are the potential downsides to greater standardisation of structural grids?

* 9. A large number of standard section sizes of rolled steel sections are available to designers and also cut and re-welded cellular beam sections and fabricated sections are increasingly used for longer spans.

On a specific project, do you use, or attempt to use, a subset of the wide range of available sections or design solutions?

* 10. Does BIM and integrated steel fabrication software encourage more bespoke, and less standardised designs?

* 11. Do you follow standardised connection guidance such as the SCI Green Book?

* 12. Within a project, do you standardise connection design?

* 13. What connection type(s) are more likely to facilitate future reuse of the steel member?

* 14. Use of standardising loadings and performance requirements has the potential to facilitate future reuse and to provide adaptable buildings, e.g. conversion of offices to residential buildings.

What are your views on standardising loadings, for example use of 4+1 kN/m2 imposed loading as default loading for a wider range of building types?

* 15. What are the potential downsides to more standardised loadings?

* 16. Do you have experience of design for deconstruction and reuse of steel structures?

* 17. Do you have experience of designing with reclaimed steel members salvaged from the same or other projects?

* 18. Please indicate which role within the steel construction supply best describes you:

* 19. We may wish to follow up with you concerning your responses to this survey. If you are happy for us to do this please provide the following contact information:

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. If you have any questions concerning the survey please contact m.sansom@steel-sci.com

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