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Retrofit for Purpose: Low Energy Renewal of Non-Domestic Buildings

Sunand Prasad

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 224

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Mar 2014

  • Stock Code: 80589

  • ISBN: 9781859465141

  • Binding: Paperback

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Retrofit for Purpose 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.

The eleven case studies focus as much on the transformation of usability and image as on the improvements in the energy and resource use of non-domestic buildings. The essay section puts these projects into a wider context, arguing that while there is much more to retrofit than energy efficiency, gathering, sharing and analysing reliable energy performance data are absolutely critical.

The authors take a range of other retrofit variables; from client ambition to tenure, budget, use-type, age, context, fashion and fiscal arrangements and assess how retrofit can be made affordable, how it fits in with wider government policy and how performance can be measured.

Lavishly illustrated, covering both theory and practice, and with essays from internationally recognised experts, alongside revealing best-practice case studies, Retrofit for Purpose will be of use to architects, developers, other construction professionals and clients alike.

Jon from RIBA Bookshops says: “Marion Baeli uses real-life examples of homes that have undertaken installation measures with the goal of increasing the energy efficiency of the building. These fascinating accounts cover properties over the breadth of the UK, from locations as diverse as Devon, Newport and London.”

About the Author

Sunand Prasad

Sunand Prasad was President of the RIBA from 2007–2009 and was voted one of The Independent’s top 100 environmentalists for his work on sustainability during this time. He has continued to be active in the industry through a number of key positions including membership of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel, the Government’s Green Construction Board, and the Farrell Review of Architecture.

Penoyre & Prasad’s architecture, since the practice’s beginnings, has engaged strongly with refurbishment as well as sustainable and low energy design. The practice’s work has won over 80 design awards and been widely published.

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