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Building adaptation or adaptability cover a wide range of perspectives and their definition is very context specific. Adaptability is often used as a synonym for flexibility, though the latter usually implies fewer or lighter structural changes and vice versa . The term adaptation can be roughly described as making any adjustment to an existing building (that go over and beyond maintenance), its structural or non-structural layout with the purpose of rehabilitation, changes in capacity, function, or performance and eventually extending a building’s life or increasing its value (in an economic but also social, environmental and aesthetical sense).In literature, the term adaptation has been used to cover changes in use, physical layout, and size. It covers also interventions concerning building components or materials and their reuse. Building adaptation can be roughly divided into building refurbishment (further categorized into retrofitting, renovation, and rehabilitation) and adaptive reuse. [2,3,4]
- Gosling, J., Naim, M., Sassi, P., Iosif, L. & Lark, R. (2008). Flexible buildings for an adaptable and sustainable future. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2008 - Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference. 1. 115-124.
- Pinder, A., Schmidt, R., Austin, S., & Gibb, A. (2016). What is meant by adaptability in buildings? Facilities 35(1/2), 2–20. https://doi.org/10.1108/F-07-2015-0053
- Shahi, S., Esfahani, M., Bachmann, C., & Haas, C. (2020). A definition framework for building adaptation projects. Sustainable Cities and Society 63(102345). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2020.102345
- Plevoets, B. & van Cleempoel, K. (2019). Adaptive reuse of the built heritage: concepts and cases of an emerging discipline. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315161440
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