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Title: Towards economic sustainability through adaptable buildings
Authors: Manewa, Anupa
Pasquire, Christine L.
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
Schmidt III, Robert
Keywords: Adaptable buildings
Trend analysis
Conceptual framework
Economic sustainability
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Delft University of Technology, in cooperation with Publicatieburo Bouwkunde (© SASBE2009)
Citation: MANEWA, A. ... et al, 2009. Towards economic sustainability through adaptable buildings. IN: SASBE 2009, Proceedings of the 3rd CIB International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environments, Delft, The Netherlands, 15-19 June 2009. Delft, NL : Delft University of Technology.
Abstract: The existing building stock in most countries does not meet the parameters of economic, social and environmental sustainability. Physical, functional, technological, economical, social and legal obsolescence are the principal factors driving the decommissioning, refurbishment, alteration and/or adaptation of a building. In the UK the Government promotes optimum use of the existing building stock through mixed use in urban centers and encourages conversion of redundant office and retail space into leisure, service and/or residential uses rather than demolition and renewal. There is therefore a growing need to design new buildings that are adaptable and flexible over their life span whilst at the same time improving user satisfaction. A constraint to the implementation of a policy of life span adaptability is the difficulty of understanding the economic considerations over long time scales. This paper investigates the issues surrounding the economics of the life span of adaptable buildings, and establishes a conceptual framework for their economic sustainability. The investigation is based on a case study of how the uses and function of the built environment and its supporting infrastructure have changed over a period of 100 years undertaken within a semi-rural Borough in England, UK. This case study includes a trend analysis identifying the life spans (of buildings), the evolving planning policies and associated social and cultural issues. A conceptual framework is developed and the economic impacts of the changes are evaluated through Whole Life Analysis. The validity and reliability of proposed framework is yet to be tested.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5211
Publisher Link: http://www.sasbe2009.com/papers.html
ISBN: 9789052693736
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers (Civil and Building Engineering)

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