Monday, 16 March 2015

Knowle relocation project: "gaining the most out of your existing buildings and demonstrating how they can continue to be valuable assets"

There are questions about how well the current buildings are being looked after at Knowle:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and 'managed deterioration'
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the 'managed neglect' of valuable assets

But the District Council had committed itself to looking after Knowle - especially with regard to energy efficiencies:

Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: investing in renewable technologies to keep energy bills down
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: "How efficiently is this building being used?"

There are questions around 'viability' - and whether it is more 'viable' to move or to stay:

Futures Forum: When is a development 'viable' or not?
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: demolish or renovate?

And yet the District Council will not countenance investing in staying:

Futures Forum: "A truly green alternative to EDDC's proposal"

Meanwhile, the industry is actually saying that it is more 'efficient' to stay put with the building you've already got:

Futures Forum: "The greenest building is the one standing" >>> Why do developers prefer to demolish buildings than renovate them?

... including the District Council's own consultants:

Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: 'Developers looking to get the most out of their stock in difficult economic conditions are increasingly turning to refurbishment rather than redevelopment. Davis Langdon look at the cost implications'

'Old' buildings need not be seen as a drain on resources, as one other professional points out:


The guide outlines the issues facing building owners and occupiers and sets out a six step process for developing a strategy to turn a tired asset into one that benefits users, communities, the environment, business and the balance sheet.

The process includes a range of 195 upgrade initiatives to help clients choose the best way forward for the building and their business. These range from light touch through to those representing major interventions. Some offer immediate paybacks, while others will take longer to recoup costs.  This Arup guide has now gone global and its impact is being felt world-wide.  These very short videos, produced to great effect by the Property Council of Australia, show you how the system can work for you. 

Existing buildings contribute nearly 50% of Britain’s energy consumption and carbon emissions, so it is essential that these structures are brought up to standard allowing them to remain competitive and meet the needs of their owners. We can take you through gaining the most out of your existing buildings and demonstrate how they can continue to be valuable assets for you, giving you a strong advantage in a competitive environment and allowing you to comply with relevant rules and policies.

What do you know about the building you are working with?


Your Building EBSS STEP 1 - Baseline - YouTube

How can you add low-cost, quick win initiatives to get extra value from your building?


Your Building EBSS STEP 3 - Review - YouTube

Establish a refurbishment level and work out what each step involves


Your Building EBSS STEP 4 - Crunch Time - YouTube

Existing Buildings Survival Strategies Guide

See also:

Your Building - Library - Existing Buildings Survival Strategies: 6 steps to get you started

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