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The triple bottom-line benefits of adaptive re-use of heritage buildings

HERITAGE: Heritage buildings are repositories of urban history and social memory. Retrofitting, adapting and reusing them can help cut our carbon footprint while linking the past with the present and the future.

Despite increasingly stringent heritage protection measures across Australia, the demolition and re-construction of new buildings is still generally favoured over the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings. That is largely because of rapid urban growth and conflicts with urban planning systems.

The best way to protect heritage places is to ensure they continue in active use and are valued by the community. While working with heritage buildings is challenging and a bit of a risky endeavour in some respects, there are significant triple bottom-line benefits to the practice of adaptive reuse.

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