12. Designing for Future Adaptive Reuse

  1. Sara J. Wilkinson Associate Professor of Property and Construction1,
  2. Hilde Remøy Assistant Professor of Real Estate Management2 and
  3. Craig Langston Professor of Construction and Facilities Management3

Published Online: 24 JAN 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118477151.ch12

Sustainable Building Adaptation: Innovations in Decision-Making

Sustainable Building Adaptation: Innovations in Decision-Making

How to Cite

Wilkinson, S. J., Remøy, H. and Langston, C. (2014) Designing for Future Adaptive Reuse, in Sustainable Building Adaptation: Innovations in Decision-Making, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118477151.ch12

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

  2. 2

    Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

  3. 3

    Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 JAN 2014
  2. Published Print: 18 FEB 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118477106

Online ISBN: 9781118477151



Chapter 12 concludes this section by reflecting on how buildings can be designed in the first instance to maximise successful adaptation later in their life cycle. A method for rating ‘adaptivity’ using a star-rating schema is discussed and defined. Its application to adaptive reuse is explored in particular through the proposition that high values of design adaptivity lead to high values of adaptive reuse potential later in life when the original building function becomes obsolete. It is also argued that ultimate success is still dependent on the choice of functional change as much as latent conditions that underpin an effective conversion, and making the appropriate decision in this regard is crucial.