Testing Intuition: Re-evaluating Transformative Reuse Projects

As architects, designers, builders, and community advocates, we value the adaptive reuse of buildings, but lack data to verify our design choices. We often operate on intuition to choose what to reuse and what to upgrade, attempting to balance life cycle impacts of new construction materials while lowering operational energy use. Over the last decade, Boston firms Bruner/Cott and Goody Clancy have evolved their practices in high-performance and transformative reuse to think more deeply about the embodied and operational impacts of reuse projects. We’ll look back at four projects’ design strategies for life cycle impact reduction and present retrospective life cycles. These re-assessments will help gauge successes and shortcomings and inform our collective intuition. 

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Event Time: 

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 9:15am to 10:45am

Room / Location:
Harbor III

Experience Level: 

2 (some prior experience/knowledge helpful)

CEU Information: 

GBCI BD+C, ID+C, WELL 1.5 hours
MA CSL 1.5 hour, Energy

Learning Objectives:

  • Define life cycle analysis as it pertains to the AEC industry
  • Identify the major challenges to lowering embodied carbon in building projects
  • Understand impactful strategies in adaptive reuse that lower embodied carbon footprint of a building (and which intuitive strategies did not have large impact)
  • Identify multiple tools that assist in measuring the embodied impact of a building

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