CIBSE conference takes up the refurbishment challenge

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An average of one building a minute needs to be refurbished until 2050 to meet national targets for reducing CO2 emissions.

With an average of one building needing to be refurbished every minute until 2050 to meet national targets for reducing carbon emissions, this year’s CIBSE national conference will focus on the refurbishment challenges faced by the building-services industry.

Reducing the UK’s carbon emissions to meet Government targets of an 80% reduction by 2020 will require an enormous effort, including tackling the energy efficiency of the UK’s existing building stock. Some 26 million homes and about two million commercial and non-domestic properties need to be refurbished by 2050 — an average of one a minute over the next 40 years, starting now.

Hywel Davies, CIBSE’s technical director, says, ‘The CIBSE national conference will explore how this challenging target can be achieved and how the building-services industry can provide the knowledge and skills necessary to make it possible.’

There will be sessions on the value proposition for clients needed to win refurbishment tenders, how to access the practical information needed to achieve low-carbon refurbishment and cost planning for refurbishment projects.

A panel discussion of ‘Knock it down and start again’ will involve a developer, a building-services engineer, and architect and an energy expert debating the course of action to achieve the best result for the client and the country.

There will be real-life case studies of refurbishment projections to highlight successes and warn about possible pitfalls.

The conference is in central London on 7 April. To find out more and book you place visit the link below.

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