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Conejos, S. and Langston, C. (2010). Designing for future building adaptive reuse using adaptSTAR. Paper presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization: ICSU 2010, Hong Kong.

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2010 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 120508

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Designing future buildings with embedded adaptive reuse potential is a useful criterion for sustainability. Adaptive reuse is an emerging and significant design strategy that supports global climate protection and emissions reduction. Building adaptive reuse is a viable alternative to demolition and replacement; 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 rating tool known as adaptSTAR, suitable for assessing future adaptive reuse potential at the time a building is designed. This paper reports on the methodology used to develop this rating tool and the practical issues concerning its application. The findings show that criteria can be identified and weighted according to physical, economic, functional, technological, social, legal and political categories to calculate an adaptive reuse star rating.



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