Adaptive Reuse Report

What is Adaptive Reuse? Adaptive reuse is the act of taking an existing building and repurposing it for something other than what it was designed for. Old warehouses in New York’s Soho neighborhood have been transformed into luxury lofts and some decommissioned prisons in the UK have become high-end hotels. While the architects and engineers of these buildings likely didn’t design with these second lives in mind, contractors and designers today can and should plan for reuse. Designing for adaptive reuse enables a building to go through

have shown that permanent and temporary adaptive reuse structures have been able to reduce material costs in construction projects by up to 60%. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification provides a framework for designing with circularity and adaptive reuse in mind. Two of the five categories for certification, material health and material reutilization, focus on reducing material toxicity and improving reusability of built environments. By 2050, the global building stock is expected to double in size and the upfront carbon costs of extracting resources needed for construction will encompass half of the entire carbon footprint of a new construction project. Adaptive reuse can help C&D organizations work towards net zero embodied carbon emissions targets.

several iterations of space utilization, which maximizes the initial return on investment of the infrastructure. Adaptive reuse structures can be designed to be permanent or temporary. Creating temporary modular structures allows for easy relocation for their next use instead of demolishing them. Studies

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