Building Adaptation


  • James Douglas, Lecturer at the Department of Building Engineering and Surveying, Heriot Watt University, UK

As existing buildings age, nearly half of all construction activity in Britain is related to maintenance, refurbishment and conversions. Building adaptation is an activity that continues to make a significant contribution to the workload of the construction industry. Given its importance to sustainable construction, the proportion of adaptation works in relation to new build is likely to remain substantial for the foreseeable future, especially in the developed parts of the world.Building Adaptation, Second Edition is intended as a primer on the physical changes that can affect older properties. It demonstrates the general principles, techniques, and processes needed when existing buildings must undergo alteration, conversion, extension, improvement, or refurbishment.The publication of the first edition of Building Adaptation reflected the upsurge in refurbishment work. The book quickly established itself as one of the core texts for building surveying students and others on undergraduate and postgraduate built environment courses.This new edition continues to provide a comprehensive introduction to all the key issues relating to the adaptation of buildings. It deals with any work to a building over and above maintenance to change its capacity, function or performance.
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Readership (primary):. Students (senior undergraduate, graduate, research) of Building Rehabilitation, Built Resources, Construction Management and Surveying. Readership (secondary): Professional Architects, Architectural Technologists, Builders, Building Surveyors


Book information

  • Published: March 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6667-1

Table of Contents

Introduction; Feasibility; Principles of Building Conversion; Adaptive fuses; Lateral extensions; Vertical extensions; Structural alterations; Principles of refurbishment; Further aspects of refurbishment; Sustainable adaptation; Implementation; Appendices