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Long life, loose fit, low impact: Playing the long game on sustainable buildings

It may not be possible to re-love every component of a building but if we want ensure buildings remain as sustainable as possible throughout their lifetimes, the property industry needs to embrace the “three L’s”: long life, loose fit, low impact.


There’s no such thing as a perpetually sustainable building. Just as a computer becomes obsolete once you take it out of the box, so it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a building’s sustainability once it opens.

It may have carbon neutrality on the drawing board but staying that way becomes increasingly difficult once operations start. This is very apparent in commercial buildings where deterioration and maintenance present challenges, as do decreases in energy efficiencies. Moreover, wholly replacing interiors in these buildings, often less than a decade in, pose a repeated set of sustainability demands.

Read the full article on TFE Special Reports.

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