Refurbishment or redevelopment of office buildings? Sustainability comparisons and Sustainability case histories

Anderson, Jane and Mills, Kate (2002). Refurbishment or redevelopment of office buildings? Sustainability comparisons and Sustainability case histories. Watford: BRE Press.

Abstract

Considerable guidance is available to the building industry for increasing the sustainability of individual refurbishment and redevelopment projects. However, there is very little information to allow a direct comparison of refurbishment and redevelopment options.

Part 1 of this paper summarises the findings of a recent DTI funded research project to investigate sustainability of the two options.

It describes:

1 - the method developed by BRE within the project to compare the environmental and whole life costs of refurbishment and redevelopment

2 - key findings arising from the research

3 - a simple online tool, Office Scorer, developed within the project, which allows users to compare refurbishment and redevelopment scenarios for a particular site.

Part 2 of this paper contains case studies from the use of Office Scorer.

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