Join us for Retrofit for Environment the first panel discussion in the Retrofit for.. series, which will look at issues involved in non-domestic retrofit. Succesful retrofit schemes depend on a number of factors, including available technology, current policy, making a business case and understanding human behaviour. This panel discussion will explore how these considerations interact and how to approach the challenges they pose.
The panel discussion will be chaired by Dr Michele Acuto, Research Director and Senior Lecturer in STEaPP (UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy). The panel will include a representative from the GLA's RE:FIT team as well as Dr Catalina Turcu, Lecturer in The Bartlett School of Planning and Dr Marcella Ucci, Lecturer in The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies.
How do we ensure successful retrofit?
When a building is no longer fit for purpose it can be abandoned altogether, demolished and perhaps replaced with a new structure. Refurbishing and retrofitting offers an alternative, using new layouts and new technologies to extend the useful life of a building.
This series focuses on the retrofit of non-domestic buildings, something which has not received the same level of attention as retrofit for homes. Ensuring a sustainable future for urban areas involves overcoming a number of challenges for the buildings that provide key infrastructure, including workplaces, warehouses, shops and hospitals.
Challenges include efficient use of resources, increased resilience, ensuring comfort in a changing climate and meeting the changing needs of the buildings users. These are challenges that cannot be solved entirely, or even mainly, through the construction of new buildings, retrofit of the existing stock has a very important role to play in ensuring a sustainable future.
Ensuring successful retrofit depends on a number of factors, including available technology, current policy, making a business case and understanding human behaviour.
UCL is working with Future of London (FoL) to deliver these events, this will ensure that the panels and audiences represent a range of academics and practitioners. FoL are a policy network focused urban regeneration in the London Boroughs.
The UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities is holding a series of events based around the topic of non-domestic retrofit in May. The series will consist of 3 panel discussions held at UCL each covering a different “retrofit for…” topic. The events are
1. Retrofit for environment (7th May)
2. Retrofit for heritage (13th May) and
3. Retrofit for health (19th May)
The series focusing on retrofit in the non-domestic space Successful retrofit depends on a number of factors, including available technology, current policy, making a business case and understanding human behaviour.
Each event will be held at UCL and will run from 5.30-7.00 in the evening.
When & Where
Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities
The UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities (GCSC)
Cities – now home to more than half the world’s population- face complex and systemic problems. UCL is concerned with contributing to urban sustainability in the spheres of, for example, ecology, aesthetics, health, economics, culture, equity and intellect.
Our great strengths are the variety of prisms through which we can examine the sustainability of cities and the range of methodologies with which we can bring about change.
Across our disciplines members of the UCL community all have significant contributions to make. We seek to build on existing work, to enhance and integrate it, and to maximise its impact – through working together.