Adaptable buildings for sustainable built environment

Journal article


Manewa, A., Siriwardena, M., Ross, A. and Madanayake, U. (2016). Adaptable buildings for sustainable built environment. Built Environment Project and Asset Management.
AuthorsManewa, A., Siriwardena, M., Ross, A. and Madanayake, U.
Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to explore the ability of ‘adaptable buildings’ to respond to future potential built environment changes in sustainable way.

Design/methodology/approach
A detailed literature review and a case study were undertaken to identify the life cycle changes of typical buildings over a period of more than 100 years. Twelve (12) semi-structured interviews were conducted among construction industry professionals to identify how adaptable buildings enhance sustainability within the built environment. Case study data were analysed through a Morphological Analysis, and the interview data were analysed through discourse analysis.

Findings
Out of the many adaptable features, the results revealed ‘change of use’ as the dominant trend within the buildings of the selected urban cluster. More than 60% of buildings have changed their original use during their lifecycle. Around 10% of them have changed their use frequently (every 6 year) during the last 20 years thereby signalling an increase in the rate of change. The positive contribution of adaptable buildings in achieving sustainability in terms of economic, social and environmental considerations, were confirmed through the analysis of semi-structured interviews.

Originality/value
This paper reports a longitudinal study spanning over 100 years, exploring the extent of building adaptation within a selected cluster of Liverpool city centre, UK. The study further confirms the need to incorporate adaptability as a key criterion when designing buildings. The increased rate at which ‘change of use’ has occurred further reinforces the need. Lack of a track record of designing for reuse makes this an interesting challenge for the construction industry, hence likely to have significant implications for policy / strategy formulation.

Year2016
JournalBuilt Environment Project and Asset Management
ISSN2044-124X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/BEPAM-10-2014-0053
Web address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/BEPAM-10-2014-0053/full/html
Publication dates
Online16 Mar 2016
Publication process dates
Accepted16 Feb 2016
Deposited17 Oct 2019
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
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