Technical Publication

Retrofit of Buildings


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The retrofit of buildings is expected to become one of the largest activities in the global construction industry due to the need to deal with climate change, to both reduce carbon emissions and help buildings become more resilient. This Technical Information Sheet focuses on what retrofit is, the approach to be taken and processes to be followed. It also summarises pertinent technical issues, retrofit measures and the roles involved. It has been designed to be of use anywhere in the world because it does not refer to any specific country or reference any regulations or laws.

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Application of Retrofit

The Retrofit Process

Technical Issues

Retrofit Fabric Measures

Retrofit Renewable Measures and Building Services

The Range of Renewables and Low Energy Technologies


Roles in Retrofit

About the Author

John Edwards is Director of UK based Edwards Hart Consultants and Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St David. Specialising in the understanding and work to existing buildings, which includes energy efficiency retrofit to buildings of all types and age and building conservation. John holds a Masters degree in architectural conservation and is certified in building conservation.

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