An integrated approach to the "Relife" of office buildings

Yang, Jun & Lim, Soon Kam (2007) An integrated approach to the "Relife" of office buildings. In Milford, R. (Ed.) CIB World Building Congress 2007 'Construction for Development', 14-17 May 2007, Cape Town, South Africa.


Traditionally, decision making of building stakeholders when facing the alternatives is typically economically driven. This leads to the tendency to either delay refitting for as long as possible thus causing building conditions to deteriorate, or simply demolish and rebuild with least development cost mentality. With resource and sustainability considerations, the challenges of refit therefore re-life an existing building as opposed to new build will need to respond to political, social, environmental and financial implications. In reality however, few known projects have taken such holistic approach. An Australian research was aimed at providing a more holistic approach to the decision making of relifing office building projects. Following a Delphi study to gather industry based evidence and research foci, the project engaged building stakeholders and researchers to explore four key areas of residual service life, recycling and waste management, floor space optimisation and construction project management. This paper introduces methodologies developed for the assessment, evaluation and problem solving in each area. It also discusses the case studies that helped produce best practice guidelines for integrated decision support when dealing with the relife of old office buildings.

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ID Code: 15564
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Retrofit, Office building, Integration, Decision support, CRC for Construction Innovation, Program C : Delivery Management of Built Assets , Project 2003-026-C : Delivering a Re-Life Project
ISBN: 1920017046
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
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Deposited On: 11 Nov 2008 00:00
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