“80% of the buildings that will exist in 2050 have already been built. The most effective form of sustainability may, therefore, be saving energy by eliminating or minimizing new constructions, and by avoiding the demolition of existing structures.
That is what adaptive reuse stands for: instilling a new purpose on an existing “leftover building.” Nowadays, the refashioning process is becoming essential because of numerous issues related to the climate emergency, plot and construction costs, a saturation of land and a change in living trends.
Scroll below to discover key projects from architects that transform existing constructions and introduce new programming to respond more efficiently to modern needs, and environmental responsibility…”
In other words, we need a balanced approach to refiguring old buildings in the face of climate change:
And when it comes to new buildings, we also need an intelligent approach, rather than what seems to have been rather a panicked reaction, as noted by the Spectator:
“We have subsidised schemes to stuff homes with insulation and to seal windows and doors against drafts, but we don’t have effective regulations to ensure that buildings can be kept cool in hot weather nor that air quality inside buildings remains high. If summer temperatures continue to rise it will turn into a lethal combination which will be far worse than the rise in outside temperature.”
It is important to meet Passivhaus standards
The definition of Passivhaus is driven by air quality and comfort: “A Passivhaus is a building in which thermal comfort can be achieved solely by post-heating or post-cooling the fresh air flow required for a good indoor air quality, without the need for additional recirculation of air.” – Passivhaus Institut (PHI)
Here’s an intelligent (new) building from the Futures Forum archives: