Sustainable Building Adaptation

  • Innovations in Decision‐Making
  • Sara J. Wilkinson, Hilde Remøy, Craig Langston
  • January 2014, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/9781118477151

Highlights best practice in retrofitting existing commercial buildings

What is it about?

How to adapt existing building stock is a problem being addressed by local and state governments worldwide. In most developed countries we now spend more on building adaptation than on new construction and there is an urgent need for greater knowledge and awareness of what happens to commercial buildings over time. Models used are grounded in results of case studies conducted within three collaborative construction project team settings in Australia and the Netherlands, and exemplars are drawn from the Americas, Asia, Japan, Korea and Europe to demonstrate the application of the knowledge more broadly. Results clearly demonstrate that the new models can assist with informed decision-making in adaptation that challenges some of the prevailing solutions based on empirical approaches and which do not accommodate the sustainability dimension. The emphasis is on demonstrating how the new knowledge can be applied by practitioners to deliver professionally relevant outcomes. The book offers guidance towards a balanced approach that incorporates sustainable and optimal approaches for effective management of sustainable adaptation of existing commercial buildings.

Why is it important?

A changing climate makes sustainable adaptation imperative. Retention of part of the building fabric and structure embody principles of the circular economy. However as most stock predates energy efficiency in building regulations, significant improvements are badly needed. Similarly reductions in water consumption can be realised and less environmentally damaging materials specified.


Dr Sara Jane Wilkinson
University of Technology Sydney

More evidence is mounting with regards to changing climate and humankinds environmental impact, we need information to take action. The built environment, as a whole, is responsible for approximately 40% of environmental impacts, this book provides information about making informed decisions in respect of sustainable retrofits.

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