29 Feb '16, 9am

Retrofit for Purpose: Out-takes from a book

When starting on the book I had thought, and persuaded my partners at Penoyre & Prasad, that the case studies plus commissioned essays format would make it all fairly straightforward, no big drain on practice time; many hands make light work, after all. We got five great contributors and 11 very interesting case studies; but getting solid and comparable evidence for how well the retrofit turned out in actual use appeared at times to be virtually impossible, and in the end took a huge amount of time and effort. We started by sending out standard pro-forma tables expecting to get back simple energy and carbon data – pre-retrofit, designed and in-use. In the event, just a couple of the returns told anything like a clear story straight off. Even they needed a lot of interrogation to make the numbers fully understandable, and that included our own Guy’s Tower recladding project...

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/resources/blog/retrofit-purpose-out-...

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