CIBSE is launching a new committee dedicated to retrofit and building services interventions in heritage buildings.

As part of the launch, the committee steering group are organising a series of webinars. The first webinar will take place in September, with an introduction by Julie Godefroy, CIBSE Head of Sustainability, who will outline updates to the CIBSE Climate Action Plan, followed by guest speakers who will provide insights into the first steps to be undertaken in the retrofit of heritage buildings. Registration for this online event will be advertised shortly. This will be followed by monthly knowledge-sharing activities, each comprising insights from guest speakers and an opportunity for Q&A.

The new Retrofit in Heritage committee is intended to provide a forum for discussion. The formation of the committee links to ongoing work that CIBSE is doing around climate change mitigation and adaptation and linking it to building performance.

“Our mission is to support the built environment industry in the retrofit of buildings of special architectural and historic interest, working towards the carbon agenda targets of the wider industry, whilst avoiding maladaptation. It is proposed that the term ‘Retrofit’ in this instance be defined as ‘the upgrading of a building to enable it to respond to the imperative of climate change, avoiding maladaptation.’ Definition adapted from Marion Baeli, Residential Retrofit 20 Retrofit Case Studies, London; RIBA publishing 2013.

The Retrofit in Heritage Committee aim to do this by creating an open environment for knowledge share across the industry and providing information, guidance and leadership about new developments, innovation, policy and legislation relating to retrofit in the heritage sector.”

The Retrofit in Heritage Committee will sit alongside the existing CIBSE Heritage Group, which focuses on building services of heritage interest. The committee is free to join and does not require existing membership of CIBSE or the heritage group.

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