Obsolescence – understanding the underlying processes

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    Obsolescence, defined as the process of declining performance of buildings, is a serious threat for the value, the usefulness and the life span of built properties. Thomsen and van der Flier (2011) developed a model in which obsolescence is categorised on the basis of two distinctions, i.e. between endogenous and exogenous cause-effect relationships and between physical and behavioural cause-effect relationships. In this way, the model presents a classification of underlying factors of obsolescence. However, these underlying factors, more specifically the underlying cause-effect relations, are still a black box. In this paper, the box is further disclosed by tracking back the underlying processes, resulting in a series of prototypes of detailed hypothetic cause-effect mechanisms. Applied to the adapted model, the results are initially tested on an iconic chocolate factory. Conclusions are drawn about the results and more generally about the usability and the further development of the model.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReviewed papers of the 24th Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society (ERES 2017)
    PublisherDelft University of Technology
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventERES 2017: 24th Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society - TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
    Duration: 28 Jun 20171 Jul 2017


    ConferenceERES 2017: 24th Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society
    Abbreviated titleERES17
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    • life cycle analysis
    • obsolescence
    • conversion non-residential
    • feasibility
    • building pathology

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