Application of green adaptive reuse (GAR) is considered to be difficult and lacks the attention in the field of research. The potential of implementing GAR has become uncertain since the way of implementing specific practices is still unknown when the context is different. In Sri Lanka, building professionals are reluctant to use GAR approach due to various obstacles. Specially, due to the scarcity of land, high energy consumption and costs, most of the existing abandoned buildings in Sri Lanka are demolished despite the significant benefits of GAR of buildings. Thus, this research is aimed to develop a framework that could facilitate the implemention of GAR for existing buildings in Sri Lanka. A qualitative research approach was followed for this research with semi-structured interviews. The findings were analyzed using the content analysis method. Significant factors for the implementation of GAR approach were identified mainly under seven criteria including physical, economical, functional, technological, social, legal and political. Further, barriers and strategies for the implementation of GAR for existing buildings in Sri Lanka were revealed. Based on the findings, a framework was developed as a guidance for the implementation of GAR for existing buildings in Sri Lanka which was the key outcome of this study.
|Intelligent Buildings International
|Published - 2 Apr 2021