Designing for future building adaptive reuse using adaptSTAR

Sheila Conejos, Craig Ashley Langston

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Designing future buildings with embedded adaptive reuse potential is a useful criterion for sustainability. Adaptive reuse is an emerging and significant design strategy that supports global climate protection and emissions reduction. Building adaptive reuse is a viable alternative to demolition and replacement; it entails less energy and waste, and can offer social benefits by revitalizing familiar landmarks and giving them a new lease of life. This paper describes the development of a new rating tool known as adaptSTAR, suitable for assessing future adaptive reuse potential at the time a building is designed. This paper reports on the methodology used to develop this rating tool and the practical issues concerning its application. The findings show that criteria can be identified and weighted according to physical, economic, functional, technological, social, legal and political categories to calculate an adaptive reuse star rating.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the first International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization
EditorsJ. G. Teng
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789881731104
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Urbanization - Harbour Grand, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Duration: 15 Dec 201017 Dec 2010
Conference number: 1st


ConferenceInternational Conference on Sustainable Urbanization
Abbreviated titleICSU 2010
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
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