Retrofit for… Event series with UCL

UCL GCSCAfter the successful London 2062 events and follow-up book, Future of London is again collaborating with UCL’s Grand Challenges of Sustainable Cities. This May, we’re partnering to deliver a three-part series of panel discussions focused on non-domestic retrofit.

Successful retrofit depends on a number of factors, including available technology, current policy, making a business case and understanding human behaviour. These ‘Retrofit for…’ discussions will explore how these considerations interact and how to approach the challenges they pose.

The series is organised around three themes: the environment, heritage and health. More event details, including how to register, are below.

Each event runs from 17.30-19.00, and is held at UCL’s Roberts Building, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE (map here).

1. Retrofit for… environment

7th May 2014

The first seminar in the series looked more at the policy, commercial and cultural environment surrounding non-domestic retrofit than it did at the activity’s potential to improve the natural environment. That being said, it was a fascinating discussion of how issues such as a fragmented policy environment, elusive definitions of “users” and ongoing difficulties with measurement and with ‘sexing up’ the sector are hampering real change, even when programmes such as the GLA’s RE:FIT offer free support to get works done.

Watch for a full article from UCL host Dr James Paskins soon, and join us May 13th for the next instalment on Heritage retrofit.

Chair: Michele Acuto (UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy)

  • Catalina Turcu, UCL Bartlett School of Planning
  • Marcella Ucci, UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
  • Dimitri Hadjidakis, RE:FIT programme, Greater London Authority

 Registration through Eventbrite here.

2. Retrofit for… heritage

13th May 2014

Retrofitting heritage buildings – and unremarkable buildings in conservation areas – involves an array of technical, financial and planning challenges. Those challenges are writ large in London, where almost half of all buildings date to the Victorian era, and there are nearly 20,000 listed buildings and 1,000 conservation areas. Despite the scale of the task, we have to move faster and more effectively to meet the UK and EU deadlines rushing up on the public and private sector.

Join us for a discussion that unpicks the problems and potential retrofit solutions for London’s heritage buildings – to extend their lives as part of the Capital’s cultural fabric, make users more comfortable, and save money, energy and emissions.

Chair: Lisa Taylor (Director, Future of London)

    • Deborah Lazarus, Arup
    • Malcolm Woods, English Heritage
    • Tristan Oliver, RE:FIT programme, Greater London Authority

Registration through Eventbrite here.

3. Retrofit for… health

Date TBC. Please check back for updates.

Please get in touch with us for further information or with any queries.