M5: Design for adaptability

Reusing an existing building conserves and optimizes the existing building's embodied energy and keeps large amounts of material out of landfills. Designing new buildings or renovations with modifications that will satisfy changing programmatic, spatial, and infrastructure needs and facilitate flexible occupation throughout the life of the building will extend its useful life and facilitate its reuse.

  • Consider site planning and building configuration to accommodate future additions, alterations, and changing space needs, activities, and users (home offices, nurseries, elderly guest rooms, etc.)
  • Plan for maximum standardization or repetition of building elements and details to increase the ease of adapting the structure for future alterations or upgrades
  • Consider curb appeal issues like windows, color, porches, front doors, entry, flower boxes, landscaping etc. to ensure long-term value of property
  • Consider spatial configurations, floor deck, structure, mechanical, and ceiling options to facilitate adaptability (13-14' maximum is common)