Towards adaptable buildings: pre-configuration and re-configuration - two case studies

The future is uncertain – the present must be adaptable. The Loughborough University IMCRC Building Brands pilot project has shown that optimum built environment solutions, whether branded or not, must be adaptable. In other words they must be able to be changed over their life cycle to adapt to changing needs of the end users. This is a key component of the sustainability ‘3-Rs’ of reduce, reuse, recycle and responds to the 1:5:35 ratio which drives the need for buildings to remain efficient places to live and work in order to ensure real life-cycle value for money. Adaptability is important pre-construction and re-configurability throughout the life cycle. This paper discusses preliminary results from this pilot project and lays out the challenges to be addressed by subsequent work. The paper develops concepts discussed at the 2006 Adaptables Conference in Delft (Davison et al, 2006).