Ensuring A Building's Future

  • Anthony Clark
  • May 31, 2018
  • 8:25 am

The future is upon us, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, and moving sidewalks once thought of as science fiction is quickly becoming a reality that will forever change the way a building networks with its environment. The question now must be asked, “How quickly will a building on the design table today become obsolete”?

This obsolescence can be avoided when sustainable development plays a pivotal role in the designing of a building. So how can we be assured our buildings will fulfill the needs of the time when they are constructed while being modifiable in the future?

Crucial factors for ensuring a buildings future: 

1. Adaptability

The way we live and work is constantly evolving, buildings being designed today need to adapt to accommodate this ever changing way of life. A building’s ability to be rehabilitated beyond their short term, multi-purpose use will not only ensure longevity but viability. The practice of building a single-use building with a lifespan of 50-years is no longer sustainable or financially feasible.

2. Environmental Integration

The integration of a building’s existing and future infrastructure in the built environment will enhance productivity and commercial benefits while increasing long term value when it is adaptable to adjacent buildings, public spaces, current amenities, and the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

3. Resilience

Environmental factors need to be taken into account to incorporate resilience features geared for the future.

4. Digital Interaction and Technology

Buildings, once thought of as static objects, have become a living hub of connected information, they are now able to interact, communicate, and process information . Technology in our daily lives will continue to evolve, therefore, with the right technology integrated we will be able to improve our way of life by increasing efficiency, productivity, and enjoyment.

5. New Revenue Opportunities

Capitalizing on new revenue opportunities is essential to the financial success of our built environment. For example, the collecting of data from occupants and visitors to sell new products and services would financially benefit owners.

The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is applicable when avoiding the loss of investment and owning an obsolete building. Future change must be considered with sustainable development when a building is on the design table. 

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