Keywords: benchmarking, adaptive reuse, recycling, building reuse, building deconstruction, green building processes, new occupancy requirements, architectural reuse, construction industry
Benchmarking adaptive reuse: a case study of Georgia
Holistic construction approaches are needed to move from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified new buildings to adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Adaptive reuse is an opportunity to recycle and manage the deconstruction process in a more responsible manner with focus towards the new occupancy requirements. The objective of this paper is to benchmark the architectural reuse practices in Georgia and to review three adaptive reuse projects. Three case studies, where adaptive reuse was applied to existing buildings, are also included for demonstration purposes. This paper is intended for architects and constructors interested in environment-friendly construction practices.