Conversion Meter: A new tool to assess the conversion potential of vacant office buildings into housing

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Abstract

Building owners and other stakeholders can adopt different strategies to cope with vacancy, such as consolidation, rent reduction, selling the building, renovation, transfor-mation and conversion to adapted reuse, or demolish and build a new building. This paper dis-cusses a new developed tool to cope with vacancy by adaptive reuse. It presents an overview of the many factors and aspects that enable or hinder adaptive reuse by conversion of (office) buildings into housing, and how to assess the characteristics of the market, location, building and involved stakeholders. It presents the Conversion Meter, formerly known as the Transfor-mation Meter, a tool to assess the conversion potential of vacant office buildings into housing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Advances on Sustainable Cities and Buildings Development (SB-LAB 2017)
PublisherGreen Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventSB-LAB 2017: International Conference on Advances on Sustainable Cities and Buildings Development - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 15 Nov 201717 Nov 2017
http://sb-lab.greenlines-institute.org

Conference

ConferenceSB-LAB 2017: International Conference on Advances on Sustainable Cities and Buildings Development
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period15/11/1717/11/17
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Keywords

  • Adaptive reuse
  • transformation
  • conversion meter
  • assessment tool
  • vacant buildings
  • risks
  • opportunities

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