Extending lifecycles

The refurbishment and transformation of buildings can keep construction materials in use for longer, avoiding premature demolition. This focus area will deliver 12 demonstrations to facilitate the sustainable transformation of buildings through showcasing adaptive reuse and refurbishment principles.

Cities and key stakeholders will develop an evidence-based methodology to identify opportunities to extend the life cycle of obsolete but transformable buildings.


Identified cases will explore how universal, context-specific and site-specific circular design strategies and principles can be applied, replicated and scaled.

The last phase of this focus area will investigate standardised metrics and methods of evaluating the environmental (e.g. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), embodied energy and carbon), and social and economic impacts of design choices. 

Below are the latest outcomes and outputs in this focus area

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