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Building adaptive reuse is increasingly being applied as a solution to urban renewal where existing facilities have become obsolete but where significant physical life remains embedded in their structure and materials and/or where heritage and cultural values deserve to be protected. Revitalisation of buildings in this context is a valid response to climate change and sustainability agenda as it has the potential to reuse a large proportion of resources in place without destruction or substantial replacement. There are now a large number of examples of successful adaptive reuse projects across a broad range of facility types worldwide. This paper applies an existing adaptive reuse potential (ARP) model to construct archetypes or patterns for various facility categories to provide insight into project feasibility decisions. The probability of success is tested using a unique application of PERT analysis for a range of obsolescence rates. The archetypes reflect distinct characteristics that help inform selection of potential reuse opportunities.
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