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Ball, R (1999) Developers, regeneration and sustainability issues in the re-use of vacant industrial buildings. Building Research & Information, 27(03), 140–8.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: building stock; developer; industrial building; refurbishment; re-use; sustainable development; vacant property
- ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
- URL: http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=j50f75fgwmuvdcvc
The outcomes from a survey of developer and related organizations active in a local industrial property market in mid-1998 are reported in respect of the use and re-use of industrial buildings. The discussion focuses on both refurbishment and re-use and new-build sectors, and draws out some evidence on sustainability issues. Despite a relatively limited understanding of sustainability as a concept, developers are found to have a positive attitude to re-use when conditions allow it. Indeed, those more actively involved in re-use have sometimes engaged in a variety of practical, sustainable solutions to refurbishment needs. Most are open to influence on questions of good practice and sustainability. This all suggests that legislation designed to turn the development and construction industry towards brown-fleld opportunities and the sustainable re-use of existing infrastructure is likely to induce a favourable response.