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Sustainable Structural Design: Conceptual Design of Adaptable Commercial Buildings

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Abstract


  • This paper examines some of the principles in conceptual design of commercial buildings that

    enhance the adaptability of a structure to different uses. These principles allow a building to

    be designed with increased longevity improving the potential environmental sustainability of

    the structure. The purpose of this research is to attempt to fill part of the gap in current

    methods of sustainable building design.

    The most prominent aspect addressed in the design of a sustainable building is energy

    efficiency. However, all buildings house embodied energy, the energy and resources used in

    construction, and all buildings demolished significantly add to waste that ends up in landfill.

    If a building is adaptable it can be easily adjusted to different uses. Therefore, construction

    that not only embraces energy-efficiency but also longevity and flexibility, through adaptable

    design, has much greater sustainable properties in that it has the potential to reduce long-term

    resource use and waste. It is impossible to predict exactly how buildings will be used in the

    future and what needs future societies will have. Therefore, the main factor determining

    adaptability is flexibility.

    This paper will begin with an overview of how adaptability has the potential to improve the

    sustainability of commercial buildings. Structural features of adaptable design will be

    examined; for example durability of main structural elements, inbuilt redundancy, large freecolumn

    space and floor to ceiling heights, flexible facades, and flexible location of services.

    Finally, current incorporation of adaptable design and the main challenges for the future are

    described. The paper explores the conflict between the extra capital costs for including some

    degree of structural redundancy with the long term saving when the building is remodelled or

    renovated.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Kelly, E. & McCarthy, T. J. (2008). Sustainable Structural Design: Conceptual Design of Adaptable Commercial Buildings. In G. Schofield (Eds.), Australasian Structural Engineering Conference (pp. 1-9). Melbourne, Australia: ASEC.

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Abstract


  • This paper examines some of the principles in conceptual design of commercial buildings that

    enhance the adaptability of a structure to different uses. These principles allow a building to

    be designed with increased longevity improving the potential environmental sustainability of

    the structure. The purpose of this research is to attempt to fill part of the gap in current

    methods of sustainable building design.

    The most prominent aspect addressed in the design of a sustainable building is energy

    efficiency. However, all buildings house embodied energy, the energy and resources used in

    construction, and all buildings demolished significantly add to waste that ends up in landfill.

    If a building is adaptable it can be easily adjusted to different uses. Therefore, construction

    that not only embraces energy-efficiency but also longevity and flexibility, through adaptable

    design, has much greater sustainable properties in that it has the potential to reduce long-term

    resource use and waste. It is impossible to predict exactly how buildings will be used in the

    future and what needs future societies will have. Therefore, the main factor determining

    adaptability is flexibility.

    This paper will begin with an overview of how adaptability has the potential to improve the

    sustainability of commercial buildings. Structural features of adaptable design will be

    examined; for example durability of main structural elements, inbuilt redundancy, large freecolumn

    space and floor to ceiling heights, flexible facades, and flexible location of services.

    Finally, current incorporation of adaptable design and the main challenges for the future are

    described. The paper explores the conflict between the extra capital costs for including some

    degree of structural redundancy with the long term saving when the building is remodelled or

    renovated.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Kelly, E. & McCarthy, T. J. (2008). Sustainable Structural Design: Conceptual Design of Adaptable Commercial Buildings. In G. Schofield (Eds.), Australasian Structural Engineering Conference (pp. 1-9). Melbourne, Australia: ASEC.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1657&context=era

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/engpapers/2989

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