Retrofit for Purpose: Low Energy Renewal of Non-Domestic Buildings, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Retrofit for Purpose

Low Energy Renewal of Non-Domestic Buildings, 1st Edition

By Greg Penoyre, Sunand Prasad

RIBA Publishing

224 pages

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Retrofit for Purpose examines a range of state-of-the-art non-domestic retrofit projects. Its chapters explore common challenges, offer practical solutions and provide a clarion-call to architects and clients for better, smarter retrofit.


Twelve case studies focus as much on the transformation of usability and image as on the improvements in the energy and resource use of non-domestic buildings. While an essay section places these projects into a wider context, suggesting that despite the importance of sharing and analysing data, there is more to retrofit than just energy efficiency.

The authors take a range of other retrofit variables: from client ambition to tenure, budget, use type, age, context, fashion and fiscal arrangements and assess how retrofit can be made affordable, how it fits in with wider government policy and how performance can be measured.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1 Essays 2. The Architecture of Non Domestic Retrofit (by Sunand Prasad) 3. Government Policy and Building Performance (by Bill Bordass) 4. Financing Retrofit (by Richard Francis) 5. Retrofit and Building Information Modelling (by Robert Klaschka) 6. International Lessons (by Mark Siddall) Part 2 Case Studies 7. Mayville Community Centre, London 8. Golden Lane Leisure Centre, London 9. Council Headquarters, Moray 10. Cullinan Studios Office, London 11. Elizabeth II Court, Winchester 12. 199 Bishopsgate, London 13. 8 Storey's Gate, London 14. Somerset House, Kings College, London 15. Percy Gee Building Student Union, Leicester 16. Guy’s Hospital Tower, London 17. Westborough School, Westcliff-on-Sea 18. Mordern Hall Park, Surrey

About the Authors

Greg Penoyre is co-founder of Penoyre and Prasad. He has advised numerous clients and industry bodies, including the National Health Service (NHS) Estates on procurement and design quality, and has acted as Design Champion for a number of major bids. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield and has been involved in course validation and external examining at a number of universities.

Sunand Prasad is co-founder of Penoyre and Prasad. He was President of the RIBA from 2007-2009 and was voted one of The Independent's top 100 environmentalists for his work on sustainability during this time. He continues to hold a number of key industry positions, including membership of the Mayor's Design Advisory Panel for London and of the Green Construction Board, as well as trusteeship of the think tank Centre for Cities and of disaster relief charity, Article 25.

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