HERITAGE BUILDINGS: In an economy built on stoking our appetite for shiny new things, existing buildings can quickly lose their lustre. However, design, sustainability and heritage experts agree there are few buildings that can’t be transformed into high-performing shining stars.
The “re-loving” of a building is a win for owners, the wider community and the planet. According to principal and director of GML Heritage consultants and co-convenor of the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability, Rachel Jackson, all buildings can be re-used.
For buildings with heritage values, she says re-use is especially important, because when these buildings are unoccupied for extended periods they can lose their heritage value.