Adaptive reuse represents a union of history and modern design. By repurposing standing buildings for fresh applications, building designers can optimise building performance and sustainability and revere their host cities.
Embodying sustainability, responsibility, and ecoconscious growth and development, these designs maintain a structure’s exterior while repurposing the inside. Adaptive-reuse projects can revitalise a city by adhering to the morphing needs of a city or neighbourhood. Here’s how the process works:
1. Begin With the Basics
Buildings selected for adaptive reuse must be serviceable to the requirements of the local region, and whether they would be amenable to new uses, overall sustainability, and project costs. Then look to the past and heritage of the building for certain inspiration.
Adaptive reuse models can extend the life of a building, if the renovation is done properly. Consider the building’s shell, structure and materials. Bring structural engineers and building consultants onto your team, and try to preserve original materials in a creative manner.
2. Sustain, Sustain, Sustain!
At all points in the project, watch the fuel you consume, the energy you use, the water you use, as well as the sanctity and security of energy releasers like the building envelope, windows and doors, the floors, and the roof. Reuse every structural component possible, and avoid excessive waste accumulation.
3. Set the Standard–Literally
Adaptive reuse designers should know and comprehend standards set by the government in regards to historic housing and preservation principles, which should cover everything from renovations to resources, repair to material usage.
4. Watch for Structural Issues
Learn local building codes and ensure that all parts, rooms and components of the building are repurposed in adherence to terms of safety and functionality.
5. Rebuild to Restore
Turn reuse into renewal—revitalising your city one building at a time to restore.