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The Project Support Centre is located in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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Retrofit for purpose: Low energy renewal of non-domestic buildings

Posted on: 4 March 2014
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This book explores the art and science of bringing energy efficiency to existing buildings; one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today. The essays and case studies included here explore the main issues, offer practical solutions and provide a clarion-call to architects and clients for better, smarter retrofit.

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‘City-wide’ or ‘City-blind?’ An analysis of emergent retrofit pin the UK commercial property sector

Posted on: 8 January 2014
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A new report led by Professor Tim Dixon of the School of Construction Management and Engineering at the University of Reading examines how the UK commercial property sector is responding to the challenges of retrofitting our cities by installing energy, water and waste efficiency measures in existing buildings. Based on nearly 40 interviews with key players in commercial property, the research looks at current and future trends in commercial property retrofitting by examining: Who is involved in retrofit? What is retrofit?  Why and how is retrofit carried out? The research suggests that the rate of retrofit in the commercial property sector is low and major changes to policy and practice are needed to increase progress.

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Urban retrofitting for sustainability: Mapping the transition to 2050

Posted on: 11 December 2013
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As concerns over climate change and resource constraints grow, many cities across the world are trying to achieve a low carbon transition. Although new zero carbon buildings are an important part of the story, in existing cities the transformation of the current building stock and urban infrastructure must inevitably form the main focus for transitioning to a low carbon and sustainable future by 2050. This book, to be published in January 2014, brings together interdisciplinary research contributions from leading international experts to focus on key issues such as systems innovation, financing tools, governance, energy, and water management. The chapters consider not only the knowledge and technical tools available, but looks forward to how they can be implemented in real cities by 2050.

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Efficient Energy for EU Cultural Heritage (3ENCULT)

Posted on: 11 December 2013
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The refurbishment of existing buildings to very low energy demand is increasingly economically feasible. However, the main issue for historic buildings is how to balance building protection requirements with optimised energy efficiency. The 3ENCULT project has been researching and developing solutions for this, and has recently developed a series of guidelines for use by local authorities. The guidelines support local leaders who need to make informed decisions regarding what is possible in the planning phase and in choosing suitable technologies.

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Multiple benefits of investing in energy efficient renovation of buildings: Impact on public finances

Posted on: 4 November 2013
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This report demonstrates how energy efficient renovation has the potential to create up to two million jobs and kick start the European economy, save the equivalent of 4 billion barrels of oil imports per year, reduce energy bills and CO2 emissions and increase comfort and well-being. The Energy Efficiency Directive requires every EU country to establish a long-term strategy for mobilising investment in the energy efficient renovation of their building stock, by 30 April 2014.

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Offsite construction key to major UK Passivhaus refit

Posted on: 24 October 2013
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The use of prefabricated elements is helping to minimise disruption to residents and control costs on one of the UK’s largest Passivhaus retrofits. The Parkview Hub development, on London’s Thamesmead estate, is being refurbished by Gallions Housing Association to the Passivhaus Institute-certified EnerPHit standard.

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Refurbishment of non-domestic buildings (TM53)

Posted on: 4 October 2013
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The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has published guidance which offers key insights into making the most of the opportunities that arise from refurbishments. The case for refurbishment for buildings has to be made on an individual basis, and the drivers that exist are many. This guidance aims to assist the understanding of the buildings and systems we may encounter and produce a common strategy in the analysis of options and solutions. Its aim is to maximise the opportunities presented when refurbishing non-domestic buildings. The document is available for purchase.

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Programmes on low carbon refurbishment and retrofit

Posted on: 4 October 2013
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Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is the standard setter and authority on building services engineering in the UK and overseas. It speaks for the profession and supports career development. This series of programmes on the Business Channel.tv aims to provide a master class of expertise to help construction and building engineering organisations and CIBSE members refurbish and retrofit offices, plants, hotels, leisure and shopping centres, hospitals and schools with low carbon technologies and products. Contributors include CIBSE, the Carbon Trust and the UK Green Building Council. Four programmes are available on innovative engineering and building performance, and three episodes on the retrofit plan.

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Homes 2013: The future of housing

Posted on: 1 October 2013
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This event, dedicated to asset management, repairs and maintenance, retrofit, sustainability and supply of affordable homes, will take place at the ExCeL, London on 20-21 November 2013. It will provide the opportunity for networking, discovering the latest products, services and technology innovations, and learning from the experience of others. Registration is free.

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Using local powers to maximize energy efficiency retrofit: ‘How to’ materials for London boroughs

Posted on: 13 August 2013
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This toolkit has been developed to help London’s councils identify and implement solutions to help attract investment and delivery for energy efficiency measures. It focuses on three commonly cited challenges: planning, data and logistics. The toolkit has been produced as the result of the Mayor of London’s project to work with boroughs to identify how local powers can be best used to maximise energy efficiency retrofit in London.

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