Understanding obsolescence: a conceptual model for buildings

André Thomsen, Kees van der Flier
  • Building Research & Information, August 2011, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2011.576328

Understanding obsolescence of buildings

What is it about?

What is obsolescence? Obsolescence presents a serious threat to built property. Numerous older buildings have been demolished due to being labelled as obsolete. The knowledge about obsolescence is nevertheless scarce and scattered over various disciplines; a comprehensive theoretical model was missing. The paper describes such a model which allows for different kinds of obsolescence to be characterized and distinguished. Through the provision of an inter-relational approach, the model explains why obsolescence occurs and it can be used as a basis for structuring an evidence base on obsolescence.

Why is it important?

Building stocks all over the world are ageing. Understanding ageing processes is an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable building and housing stock management.

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