Green adaptive reuse: Issues and strategies for the built environment

Craig Ashley Langston

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Adaptive reuse is a powerful alternative to building demolition or destruction and can deliver a range of economic, social and environmental benefits to society that represent good value for money. It can extend the useful life of a facility through a change in function or purpose from that which previously applied and take advantage of the remaining physical life embedded in its materials and systems. When done well, the resultant projects are very successful, and much admired. This paper explores the issues that surround adaptive reuse intervention and proposes a number of strategies that can enhance the possible benefits that flow from adoption of this approach. Adaptive reuse is important to our future in an era of climate change where maximizing wealth and utility must be tempered against minimizing resources and environmental impact. It is argued that the concept of ‘green adaptive reuse’ is a valid strategy to both extend a facility’s life and reduce its carbon footprint, while helping to preserve important heritage values that define our cultural development over time. Coordinating adaptive reuse intervention with ‘greening’ initiatives can deliver opportunities for cost efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModeling risk management in sustainable construction
EditorsD.D. Wu
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Construction & Risk Managment - San Fransisco, San Fransisco, United States
Duration: 5 Apr 20109 Apr 2010

Publication series

NameComputational Risk Management
ISSN (Print)2191-1436


ConferenceInternational Conference on Sustainable Construction & Risk Managment
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Fransisco


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