Architectural durability: Investigated through studies of Danish heritage dwellings

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With the growing focus on social transformation towards sustainable development in the Nordic countries, the lifespan of buildings has become highly relevant. Construction generates enormous amounts of waste, and, in some cases, buildings may even be demolished after lifespans of just a few decades. Building materials are, however, predicted to be scarce and expensive in the future. Many researchers have therefore asserted that sustainability in buildings and built structures are strongly connected to long lifespans, as was the case in the preindustrial time.

Parallel to this, the Nordic countries have an extensive architectural heritage dating from the Middle Ages onwards. With the need for buildings to last for centuries, it would seem logical to study the factors that promote the long lifespan of Nordic architectural heritage. Consequently, the objective of ths research is to examine the notion of architectural durability based on literature and case study research in order to discuss its relevance to future construction in the Nordic countries, and Denmark in particular.

First, the article presents a literature study examining the notion of architectural durability, with a view to establishing the analytical framework for the research. Second, the article takes a look at three case studies selected among heritage residential buildings in Denmark. Finally, the analysis of these three case studies and its findings form the basis for a discussion, followed by recommendations and a conclusion.
RedaktørerAnne Elisabeth Toft, Magnus Rönn
Antal sider31
ForlagNordic Academic Press of Architectural Research
Publikationsdatosep. 2022
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-91-983797-6-1
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2022
BegivenhedNAF/NAAR Symposium 2020
12th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research
: Northernness
- University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Varighed: 22 okt. 202023 okt. 2020
Konferencens nummer: 1


KonferenceNAF/NAAR Symposium 2020
12th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research
LokationUniversity of Oulu
NavnNAF/NAAR Proceedings Series

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