Retrofit for Future seminar at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London


What are the key learning points from the Retrofit for the Future competition? What challenges did projects face? What were the solutions?

This special event organized by FLASH and held at the RIBA, provided a forum for Retrofit for the Future projects to share knowledge, approaches and solutions and was chaired by Terry McGivern, Institute for Sustainability and Dr Paul Ruyssevelt, Technology Strategy Board.

Dan Gibbons gave the opening presentation entitled “Working Across the Team – Architect/Client/Contractor” using bere:architects’ two Retrofit for the Future projects, Passfield Drive and Grove Road to demonstrate how this worked in reality. He described the challenges they faced in causing as little disruption as possible to the tenants of the properties. This necessitated a rethink about how to carry out certain tasks, including abandoning a plan to remove the ground floor slab in order to install insulation. This approach was discarded in favour of placing additional insulation over the existing floor.

Dan finished his presentation by summarising the lessons that Bere:architects have learnt, in particular in response to dealing with occupied housing, stressing that a good level of communication was always needed between all concerned parties.

Justin Bere added, ‘If a whole row of terraces is done at the same time, then there would be even less disruption.’

Other speakers included Marion Baeli of Paul Davis and Partners, Jean Pierre Wack of Eight Associates, Mark Elton from ECD Architects and Bill Gething. Each speaker gave a presentation on a certain aspect of the project illustrated by their own completed work, which was then followed by a short discussion with the audience.


The above is taken from Hattie Hartman’s Sustainability blog, Footprint – read the full blog here:


Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 18:00