What is a Reversible Building Design Tool?

It is a design protocol that will inform designers and decision makers about the transformation capacity and reuse potential of the design and the impacts of design solutions during the conceptual design phase. Aim is that all parts can be reused in other applications when no longer needed in this one.


How would you define Reversible Building?

Reversibility of Buildings is defined as a process of transforming buildings or dismantling its systems, products and materials without causing damage, enabling new value propositions for the use of a building and its parts.


How do you evaluate if a building is reversible?

A reversible building as a building that has embodied three key design criteria; adaptability, reuse and disassembly potential of the structure.


What are the main indicators of a reversible building?

Two main indictors of reversible buildings are independence of building parts which have different functions and life cycle and their exchangeability.


What is reuse potential of a building?

The reuse options, which can range from direct reuse to reuse by modification, make up the reuse potential which in turn indicates the recovery grade of building parts. The more effort needed to reclaim element and ensure its high value reuse the lower reuse potential.


What is transformation potential of building?

Transformation potential indicates the effort needed to adjust a building or a building/product structure to new requirements. The more effort needed the lower the transformation potential. Transformation potential on building level has two main indicators. The indicator of spatial transformation (capacity of space to accommodate different functions and technical transformation (capacity of the structure to accommodate change.