Sustainability in Re-use

This report for Architecture + Design Scotland is aimed at supporting Scottish NHS estates teams who decide on the reuse of existing healthcare buildings. The NHS has a large estate and there is increasing recognition that it can no longer afford to simply vacate, demolish and build anew as new demands are placed on facilities.

The study looked closely at four case studies where buildings have been successfully reused and refurbished. It investigated the challenges which arose and drew lessons from the case studies to see how these issues can be overcome. In addition, the study examined the potential benefits of building reuse and introduced a number of new issues which cast fresh light on the familiar arguments for and against reuse or demolition.

These new issues, such as the importance of waste management and resource flow relative to carbon emissions, the increasing awareness of the performance gap and a contemporary understanding of embodied energy, all point towards a shift in the way we value existing buildings. The hope is that this can lead to a more rounded and accurate assessment of all options.


Download the report from A&DS website