Estimating the useful life of buildings

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Abstract

Obsolescence is a phenomenon that is widely discussed in the literature, although rarely in relation to buildings. In this paper parallels are drawn between obsolescence,depreciation and discounting in order to develop a new method for predicting the impact of building obsolescence based on measurable context factors. These factors have physical, economic, functional, technological, social, legal and political characteristics. Useful life is defined as discounted physical life, where the rate of discount is determined from predicted future obsolescence. As part of the method, a new tool for determining the physical life of buildings is presented. Using an adaptive reuse paradigm to compare predicted useful life with actual useful life, a large number of case studies is analysed retrospectively. The findings demonstrate that the proposed method is robust and that the concept of discounting physical life using obsolescence as a discount rate is valid.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th Annual conference for Australasian Building Educators Association (AUBEA)
PublisherAUBEA
Pages418-432
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event36th Annual Conference for Australasian University Building Educators Association - Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 27 Apr 201129 Apr 2011
Conference number: 36th

Conference

Conference36th Annual Conference for Australasian University Building Educators Association
Abbreviated titleAUBEA
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period27/04/1129/04/11

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Langston, C. A. (2011). Estimating the useful life of buildings. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual conference for Australasian Building Educators Association (AUBEA) (pp. 418-432). AUBEA.