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Residential Retrofit: 20 Case Studies

Marion Baeli

Written by Marion Baeli, winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Retro Expo Awards 2013 for her work on this title.

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Written by Marion Baeli, winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Retro Expo Awards 2013 for her work on this title.

The essence of sustainability in buildings is their capability to adapt to change over time. The UK has a large housing stock that has been developed and evolved over generations, and become the fabric and character of our cities, towns and neighbourhoods. The capability of buildings to adapt to changing lifestyles is the root of their sustainability. When buildings do not adapt they are disposed of, since it is only active use that confers value. It is only value that provides necessary investment for renewal.

Residential Retrofit presents a series of innovative and best practice case studies of residential low energy retrofit projects, and illustrates what has been achieved in practice in the UK. The book:

  • Offers examples of residential retrofit which can effectively address major issues raised by the UK existing housing stock, such as: major CO2 emissions; energy efficiency; ageing building fabric; uncomfortable internal environments; and fuel poverty.
  • Increases the construction industry’s understanding of residential retrofits.
  • Increases the confidence of professionals and homeowners to undertake low energy retrofits.
  • Informs home owners and social landlords of the financial implications and whole life costing of low energy retrofit.
  • Illustrates strategies available for different construction types.
  • Explains the main issues to look out for in a retrofit project, through the experience of the various case study teams.
  • Provides building energy monitoring data to confirm the potential real energy savings.

About the Author

Marion Baeli

Marion Baeli is an architect and associate at Paul Davis + Partners, a London based international practice known for their skilful integration of contemporary architecture within historic environments and expertise in high-end residential commercial, civic and mixed-use projects. Marion has a Masters in Sustainable Architecture and her work focuses on promoting sustainable architecture and energy efficiency.

Marion has received three awards for her work on 100 Princedale Road, the first retrofit in the UK to be certified to the full Passivhaus standard, and has spoken at conferences and seminars about her work on that project, and the lessons learned.

Marion also won the Outstanding Personal Achievement Award at the Retro Expo Awards 2013 for the RIBA Publishing title, Residential Retrofit: 20 Case Studies.

Customer Reviews

Trevor Bendell

Date Reviewed: June 2016

A very useful book for architects and design professionals involved in renovating old properties. The book carries a good deal of images, diagrams, written information and ideas are very helpful in deciding the best way to go about retrofitting a property. The only negative about this book is the use of rather faint grey print in the main text.

Dr Kenneth Sungho Park, Lecturer in Construction, Aston University

Date Reviewed: November 2014

The 20 case studies are well illustrated and all necessary information is well structured with further data such as cost and special features. Real case studies enable us to have a better understanding of how retrofit works are undertaken and compare different strategies on existing houses.

Nick Grant

Date Reviewed: December 2013

I love books like this which are sadly few far between. Packed with details and data this is a great book to dip into. Whilst the author avoids being critical of particular approaches there is enough information and grad data for the intelligent reader to read between the lines and sort the wheat from the chaff. Excellent value. Nick Grant Energy Consultant

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