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RETROFIT 24: The Reuse Agenda for Our Commercial, Cultural & Civic Buildings

Until 30 Aug 2024

To meet net-zero targets and increase climate resilience, we urgently need to decarbonise the UK’s real estate.

Retrofitting is the best way to address this challenge, as around 80% of the buildings that will be here in 2050 already exist.  

We need to prioritise retrofitting commercial buildings, as nearly 25% of the UK built environment’s carbon footprint comes from heating, powering and operating these buildings.  

But current retrofitting efforts aren’t on track to meet the UK’s ambitious net zero targets. Retrofit 24 demonstrates how to achieve improvements in energy efficiency across all sectors, through examples of recent commercial, cultural and civic retrofit projects.

Our exhibition, Retrofit 24: The Reuse Agenda For Our Commercial, Cultural and Civic Buildings, continues the Building Centre’s focus on striving towards Net Zero by 2050 by unlocking the potential of our existing buildings

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Case study displays of retrofit delivered and in progress

Six commercial retrofit case studies in Glasgow, Wakefield, Cambridge and London.

Six cultural retrofit case studies across a range of sites: church estate, a museum, a tourist attraction, artist studios, a theatre.

Seven civic building retrofit case studies:  a community hub and a youth centre, three universities, a primary school and a secondary school. 

Architectural Models

The beautiful range of models further illustrate case studies

  • Houlton School, Rugby – on loan from Urban and Civic
  • Façade study of Clerkenwell Office – on loan from Architecture for London
  • Cambridge Arts Theatre models – on loan from Ian Chalk Architects
  • Ice Factory, London – on loan from Buckley Gray Yeoman Architects
  • Young people’s design models for Padnall Hall – on loan from RCKa Architects
  • Key Considerations of Commercial Retrofit – a model in collaboration with UKGBC

Product displays

  • Panasonic’s heat pump the ECOi-W AQUA-G BLUE
  • Mitsubishi’s Ecodan QAHV air source heat pump
  • REHAU’s Rauthermax heating pipework
  • Ecological Building Systems Retro EcoWall insulation
  • Michelmersh CMS40 brick cladding system
  • Knauf Insulation’s Omnifit insulation
  • Insulation Manufacturers Association (IMA) with Bauder’s PiR insulation
  • Knauf’s acoustic panels
  • Ventrolla’s sash window renovation system
  • Senior Architectural Systems showing sections of curtain walling and door systems
  • Innovate UK sharing Sunamp (thermal storage) and Guru (data for heat) net zero innovation examples
  • Unilin’s insulation
  • VU City’s EPC mapping video display


If you are interested in partnering with us in future exhibitions, please contact John Bonning or Laura Broderick


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