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Validation of the adaptive reuse potential (ARP) model using iconCUR

Craig Langston (Mirvac School of Sustainable Development, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia)


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 24 February 2012




This paper aims to focus on the adaptive reuse of existing buildings that have become obsolete, an important strategy for sustainable development and a pertinent response to excessive resource usage resulting from typical destruction and redevelopment.


This paper looks at the validity of earlier work to model adaptive reuse potential (ARP) using a new multiple criteria decision analysis tool called iconCUR. Based on a review of 12 case studies, the paper determines the extent of agreement between ARP and iconCUR evaluations that both claim to be useful in making decisions about reuse.


The results show a high correlation between these approaches, whether based on raw scores or on relative ranking, and match expert opinion concerning appropriate actions. This work represents the culmination of a three‐year study into the strategic assessment of building adaptive reuse opportunities.


The paper provides confidence in the modelling of future interventions to revitalise existing built assets using a triple bottom line perspective.



Langston, C. (2012), "Validation of the adaptive reuse potential (ARP) model using iconCUR", Facilities, Vol. 30 No. 3/4, pp. 105-123.



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