Reuse Versus Demolition

Hilde RemØy*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeChapterScientificpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


Chapter 6 describes adaptive reuse as one of four possible strategies for dealing with functional obsolescence and structurally vacant office buildings, compared to three other possible strategies: consolidation, (within-use) adaptation and demolish and new build. Different methods and tools for assessing the adaptive reuse potential of obsolete buildings are described and evaluated. The criteria included in assessment tools mainly have an influence on the financial, social or environmental feasibility of the conversion. Therefore, the specific criteria included in the tools are explained. Finally, based on a case study of structurally vacant offices in Amsterdam, the influence of the different criteria on the financial feasibility of the four different scenarios is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Building Adaptation: Innovations in Decision-making
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781118477151
ISBN (Print)9781118477106
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2014


  • Adaptation
  • Assessment techniques
  • Demolition
  • Durability
  • Reuse
  • Sustainability


Dive into the research topics of 'Reuse Versus Demolition'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this