There is significant opportunity for greater energy savings through the use of Universal Buildings in the Middle East, said CRTKL, a global architecture, planning and design firm.
Such buildings can increase resilience, drive sustainability and strengthen communities, said CRTKL in its latest findings on the use of Universal Buildings and their potential positive impact on enhancing sustainability and efficiency of communities, towns and cities.
Universal Buildings, also known as regenerative buildings, are hybridised, adaptive structures that can transition between residential, workplace, hospitality and senior living. They have common building systems and arrangements positioned to meet changing demands.
Universal Buildings enable designers and architects to rethink the concept of the centre core office building, from the floor plates, MEP and columns to technology, the podium and parking structure. These types of buildings deliver some of the most resilient, cost-effective and sustainable solutions. They provide uniquely flexible platforms to adapt programme uses based on changing market needs and demands.
Universal Buildings can have a positive impact on driving greater sustainability. Building reuse almost always yields lower environmental impact than new construction when comparing buildings of similar size and functionality. The range of environmental savings from building reuse varies widely, based on building type, location and levels of energy efficiency. Savings from reuse are between 4 and 46% over new construction when comparing buildings with the same energy performance level.