Adaptive Reuse

Through adaptive reuse, old buildings that have outlived their original purposes are creatively repurposed and put for different uses or functions while at the same time retaining their historic features.

Environmental benefits, combined with energy savings and the social advantage of recycling a valued heritage place, make adaptive reuse of historic buildings an essential component of sustainable development.

Interrelated topics of research under this theme include historic buildings, conservation, modelling, reuse and refurbishment, low carbon retrofit.

We offer our Engineering and the Built Environment PhD. We've also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researchers.


Key publications

Horvat, A., Kwapinska, M., Xue, G., Rabou, L.P.L.M., Pandey, D.S., Kwapinski, W. and Leahy, J.J., 2016. Tars from fluidized bed gasification of raw and torrefied Miscanthus × giganteus. Energy and Fuels, 30(7), pp.5693–5704. (Citation: 8, IF: 3.091)

Pandey, D.S., Das, S., Pan, I., Leahy, J.J. and Kwapinski, W., 2016. Artificial neural network modelling approach for municipal solid waste in a fluidized bed reactor. Waste Management, 58, pp.202–213. (Citation: 20, IF: 4.030). Amongst the selected papers invited for publication in a special issue of Waste Management Journal from 15th Sardinia Symposium.

Marmo, R., Pascale, F., Coday, A. and Polverino, F., 2018. The conservation of historic built heritage in Europe: regulations and guidelines in Italy and England. REHABEND 2018: Construction Pathology, Rehabilitation Technology And Heritage Management (7th REHABEND Congress), Cáceres (Spain), 15-18 May, 2018. ISBN: 978-84-697-7033-7.