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Title: Building services component reuse: a response to the need for adaptability
Authors: Webb, Roy S.
Thomson, Derek S.
Kelly, John R.
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: © Sage
Citation: WEBB, R.S., THOMSON, D.S. and KELLY, J.R., 2000. Building services component reuse: a response to the need for adaptability. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 21 (2), pp. 91 - 97
Abstract: As businesses become more dynamic, their need for supporting buildings providing flexibly usable space is growing. While such space can readily be constructed, its servicing remains problematic. Continued use of existing practice to alter services installations with increasing frequency is predicted to have detrimental whole-life cost and environmental consequences. The reuse of functionally obsolete services components has been proposed as a new, more adaptable, method of servicing buildings. Such component reuse will implement the proposal of the UK government, proposed in one of its 'Technology Foresight' reports, that standardised components be reused to increase the competitiveness of the UK construction industry. This paper summarises models developed by a recently completed pilot study to assess the technical and economic feasibility of component reuse. These models identify the potential viability of component reuse but also identified a number of issues requiring further, more detailed, investigation.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Building Services Engineering Research and Technology [© Sage Publications]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/014362440002100203
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/014362440002100203
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9666
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/014362440002100203
ISSN: 0143-6244
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