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Improvement of existing buildings for sustainability as against maintenance and rebuild

Adeyemi , Adegbenga and Martin , David and Kasim, Rozilah (2014) Improvement of existing buildings for sustainability as against maintenance and rebuild. In: 7th International Real Estate Research Symposium (IRERS 2014), 29-30 April 2014, National Institute of Valuation (INSPEN), Putrajaya.


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Many countries, especially in the developing world, did not meet the UN target of 2002 to achieve sustainable development because the issue of existing buildings which form the bulk of building stock were not adequately addressed. This paper did a literature review on how existing buildings could be sustained through improvement as against maintenance and rebuild; it revealed that the maintenance of unsustainable buildings could at best be returned to their unsustainable original standard at construction, while rebuild is costlier and less environmental friendly. Improvement is noted to be cheaper and more environmental friendly than rebuild, and will also reduce maintenance cost. The paper also reviewed some improvement models that can be applied for elimination of perceived waste and inefficiencies in existing buildings for sustainability.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable development; maintenance; improvement; demolition; rebuild; existing buildings; waste
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction > TH2025 Details in building design and construction
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Real Estate Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2014 08:16
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 08:16
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5614
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