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Definition

Rehabilitation is defined as the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values.

Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties, Secretary of the Interior, National Park Service

Bridger, Colin and Nichols, Justine. An Investigation into the Refurbishment Characteristics Encountered When Integrating Modern Building Services into Historic Buildings. Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 1996, p.3. [Download as PDF format file.]

Abstract: The integration of modern building engineering services into historic buildings presents consultants and contractors with considerable difficulty. Conservation policy generally dictates that standard approaches to the design and installation of mechanical and electrical work (acceptable in general refurbishment or new build) are inappropriate. This paper reports the findings of a study which sought
to identify the nature and frequency of the refurbishment characteristics surrounding such work. It concludes by highlighting factors, identified as crucial to success, when seeking to realise the client’s strategic requirements in building conservation projects.

"... the benefits of integration and teamwork in the construction process. This is particularly relevant to the installation of electrical and mechanical work. Parsloe (1994) states that, in practice, such work is not a discrete activity, with neatly defined edges, but is more typically an evolving process to which designers, specialist designers, manufactures, installation managers and site tradesmen all might contribute. An holistic
approach to the study was therefore adopted, requiring input from the various disciplines and contracting organisations who were generally involved in this specific area of building conservation work."

Bridger, Colin and Nichols, Justine. An Investigation into the Refurbishment Characteristics Encountered When Integrating Modern Building Services into Historic Buildings. Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 1996, p.3. [Download as PDF format file.]

Kay, G M (1991) Mechanical & Electrical Systems For Historic Buildings USA, McGraw-HIll, Inc.

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