Building Adaptation

2nd Edition

Authors: James Douglas
Paperback ISBN: 9780750666671
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 15th March 2006
Page Count: 680


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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.

Key Features

  • A core text for building surveying students and undergraduate and postgraduate built environment courses
  • Revised and updated throughout, in particular on the characteristics of buildings and their refurbishment potential.
  • Includes numerous illustrations and examples that focus on a wide variety of different building types


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

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


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About the Author

James Douglas

Affiliations and Expertise

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