Converting Non-Residential Buildings


Converting non-residential buildings involves the adaptive reuse of surplus or outmoded buildings, such as old schools, hospitals, inns or warehouses, for affordable housing. Converting non-residential buildings is often more affordable than constructing new housing, because the building shell is already in place, the building is already serviced and there is usually less neighbourhood resistance. Also, because they often have higher ceilings, non-residential buildings allow for greater flexibility in unit layouts. Converting non-residential buildings can decrease costs by 5 to 15 per cent and, in some cases, much more.

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