The economy is one big shape-shifter. It constantly changes and presents many challenges as we lean forward. What would happen to our built environment 30 years from now? Is it still viable to adapt to these market changes?
In spite of it being a distant milestone, we still need to anticipate the future of our infrastructure. We need to actively participate in these important discussions that can help shape the future of our buildings.
#1 Determine your building’s longevity
Think long-term: Is your design flexible and adaptable to any market changes?
This helps identify if your design and construction approach must be in consideration for replacement, refurbishment, or upgrade. It also identifies customizable parts if you plan to have this infrastructure for the long-term.
Standardization is a critical matter among built environment professionals. This helps to achieve a better flow of materials from one project to the next.
#2 Refurbish, not demolish
As the market continues to change, some buildings will be inevitably become obsolete. However, demolishing these structures is not the best solution. Here’s a simple, easy-to-remember rule: Deconstruct, not demolish.
Depending on the materials used, you can redevelop the landscape and the facade of a building and save as much of its structures.
It’s also a good start to apply innovative planning and take careful consideration of the future’s potential building demands. Think of ways to adapt to a variety of futures for new constructs. Make sure that your design is susceptible to any challenges for future changes.
Flexible building design needs a low impact, reusable materials. Ideally, it can withstand the wear and tear of time and be easily replaced once it becomes obsolete.
#3 Use second-hand materials
Second-hand materials can be as good as brand new ones. However, many professionals miss the benefits of using derivative supplies, fearing that it might not be good enough for their project. If you can’t find a productive use for these materials, you can’t find ways to incorporate them into your buildings.
Designers are often guilty about this. They enjoy the freedom of using customized and original supplies in their project. But this economy works differently. When you innovate and utilize second-hand supplies, you get a better shot at saving more and spending less. It is the most practical approach in the economy of a building.
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