Improving the implementation of adaptive reuse strategies for historic buildings

Sheila Conejos, Craig Ashley Langston, Jim Smith

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Meeting the current needs of existing buildings and the designing of new buildings to ensure its sustainable adaptability in the future supports global climate protection and emissions reduction. The sustainable preservation of any historic building requires the blending of sustainable design and historic preservation principles. Building adaptive reuse is a viable alternative to demolition and replacement as 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 design rating tool known as adaptSTAR, which offers holistic and unified design criteria for the successful implementation of adaptive reuse for historic buildings as well as for the measurement of embedded
adaptive reuse potential of future buildings. The adaptive reuse design would be given an adaptSTAR star rating similar to a green building rating system. The findings show that criteria can be identified
and weighted according to physical, economic, functional, technological, social, legal and political categories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe IX International Forum of Studies
Subtitle of host publicationS.A.V.E. Heritage
Place of PublicationNaples
PublisherInstitute of Sustainable Development and Architecture
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9788889579404
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Forum of Studies titled S.A.V.E. Heritage: Safeguard of Architectural, Visual, Environmental Heritage - Aversa, Aversa, Capri, Italy
Duration: 9 Jun 200111 Jun 2011
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceInternational Forum of Studies titled S.A.V.E. Heritage
CityAversa, Capri
Internet address


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