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Encapsulating sustainability principles for structural design of buildings

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Adaptive re-use of buildings is seen by many as a key mechanism for developing a

    sustainable urban environment. How many buildings are actually designed with adaptive

    re-use as one of the requirements? This paper is concerned with how new building

    designs can take into account the future need for renovation, revamp and retrofit. At the

    outset of a building project, one cannot know for sure what modifications will be needed in

    the future. However, there are considerations that can be incorporated into the initial

    design and construction that will facilitate future renovations. Likewise there are practices

    that are undertaken now that will make renovations more difficult in the future. This

    preparation for the future re-use of buildings is an area of sustainability that has not

    received much attention. Examples of buildings that were originally designed with future

    modifications incorporated illustrate that long term thinking can lead to long term gain.

    There are also barriers to the long view. Economic drivers favour short term gain. The

    costs are levied up-front but the return on investment is many years later. The paper

    finishes with two case studies that demonstrate a long term sustainable approach.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • McCarthy, T. J., Sheikh, M. Neaz. & Gardner, A. (2008). Encapsulating sustainability principles for structural design of buildings. In P. Kenny & V. Brophy (Eds.), International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (pp. 1-5). Dublin: University College Dublin.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84928417433

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/3419

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Abstract


  • Adaptive re-use of buildings is seen by many as a key mechanism for developing a

    sustainable urban environment. How many buildings are actually designed with adaptive

    re-use as one of the requirements? This paper is concerned with how new building

    designs can take into account the future need for renovation, revamp and retrofit. At the

    outset of a building project, one cannot know for sure what modifications will be needed in

    the future. However, there are considerations that can be incorporated into the initial

    design and construction that will facilitate future renovations. Likewise there are practices

    that are undertaken now that will make renovations more difficult in the future. This

    preparation for the future re-use of buildings is an area of sustainability that has not

    received much attention. Examples of buildings that were originally designed with future

    modifications incorporated illustrate that long term thinking can lead to long term gain.

    There are also barriers to the long view. Economic drivers favour short term gain. The

    costs are levied up-front but the return on investment is many years later. The paper

    finishes with two case studies that demonstrate a long term sustainable approach.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • McCarthy, T. J., Sheikh, M. Neaz. & Gardner, A. (2008). Encapsulating sustainability principles for structural design of buildings. In P. Kenny & V. Brophy (Eds.), International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (pp. 1-5). Dublin: University College Dublin.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84928417433

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/3419

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5