Symposium: Sustainable RefurbishmentSymposium: Sustainable Refurbishment
Balancing design solutions with building physics.
The demand for the adaptive reuse of pre-war and post-war landmark buildings and structures is rising, and will continue to rise: particularly with a changing climate, where energy conservation has become a significant influence on refurbishment. There is a widely-held belief that upgrading, or re-imagined occupancy, must be in practical or commercial conflict with preservation; but in fact projects informed by a good understanding of the behaviour of the building envelope and the significance (or otherwise) of its components can achieve remarkable results.
Via talks, case studies, and a plenary discussion, this symposium explores building science as a means of reconciling energy conservation with the conservation of our modern architectural heritage. It looked at how deep energy retrofits can be combined with conservation treatments and techniques to develop solutions that enhance rather than destroy the fabric of our built environment, save whole-life energy costs, and produce refurbished buildings that are commercially viable, attractive, and popular with occupants.