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Join us for Retrofit for Heritage the second 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 Lisa Taylor, Director of Future of London. The panel will include Deborah Lazarus (Arup), Tristan Oliver (GLA RE:FIT) and Malcolm Woods, (formerly of English Heritage), who will cover the retrofit of the Coronet Cinema in Eltham.
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 (date tbc)
Each event will be held at UCL and will run from 5.30-7.00 in the evening.
Each panel will have input on the same four topics:
- retrofit technology
- the planning and policy landscape
- making the business case and
- individual behaviour
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.