When the question of what to do with older buildings arises, it usually resolves itself to choices of reusing them as it, repairing them, restoring them, repurposing them or replacing them.
There is an old saying regarding existing buildings that goes like this. “It has good bones.” Any facility, free of structural defects and doing a reasonably good job of keeping water out, represents a tangible asset. The trick to maximizing the values of existing structures, especially in areas where changing economic factors have also resulted in changing market demands, is to approach their reuse from a different point of view. The judicious employment of renovation funds should not be based on restoring them to their previous use, but on making them suitable for other markets where the existing bones might enable a whole new purpose.
This presentation proposes criteria that may prove valuable in determining which option for the disposition of older buildings represents the best value for the owner, the buyer or the community in which the structure is located/ For the benefit of everyone involved, any reuse of older buildings is better than none.
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills.
Learning Objective 1:
Identifying system components assessed in older or historic buildings to determine how to proceed with their further use.
Learning Objective 2:
Identifying sources of more environmentally friendly materials for incorporation in projects.
Learning Objective 3:
Understanding principles inherent in choosing adaptive reuse, both benefits and difficulties.
Learning Objective 4:
Knowing why buildings renovated for adaptive reuse are arguably the greenest buildings.