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Adaptable buildings: a systems approach

Gosling, Jonathan, Sassi, Paola, Naim, Mohamed Mohamed and Lark, Robert John 2013. Adaptable buildings: a systems approach. Sustainable Cities and Society 7 , pp. 44-51. 10.1016/j.scs.2012.11.002

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Abstract

This paper explores the concept of building adaptability with particular reference to its potential contribution to the sustainable construction agenda. It considers the drivers for adaptability, the characteristics of buildings and building processes that enable the adaptability of buildings, and the benefits associated with such buildings and technologies. Using systems dynamics techniques, a building adaptability system model is proposed as a way to rationalise adaptability in the construction sector. An adaptability intervention subsystem is proposed. It includes seven enablers for adaptability, categorised under design flexibility and process flexibility. The model characterises the relationships between different variables in an adaptable building system, and invites comment on the opportunities and challenges that must still be met to facilitate the exploitation and development of such a concept.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Engineering
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TH Building construction
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptability; Building; Systems; Flexibility; Sustainability
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2210-6707
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 20:21
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/41144

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