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FCBStudios talk: 'How green is your refurb?'

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FCBS, AHMM and Hawkins\Brown share best practice in low-carbon retrofit

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios hosted another of its evening events on Tuesday. About 50 people gathered to hear a panel discuss the hot topic of green retrofit. Other practices represented included Allies & Morrison, Feilden Fowles, Penoyre & Prasad, Hawkins\Brown and AHMM.

FCBStudios on Tuesday evening.

FCBStudios on Tuesday evening.

The evening was introduced by FCBS partner Richard Collis, followed by Sustainability Consultant Bill Gething who chaired the event. The panel were asked to consider the following three questions:

What does sustainable refurbishment look like?

How does sustainable refurbishment work?

When is sustainable refurbishment worth it?

The speaker line-up included:

Doug King of King Shaw Associates Sustainability Consultant on the challenge of sustainable refurbishment
Jason Martin of Hawkins & Brown on the ‘Low Carbon Workplace’.
Nic Crawley of AHMM on the ‘White Collar Factory’.

Premier House, Hawkins\Brown

Premier House, Hawkins\Brown

Doug King discussed the vast challenge facing architects to improve the existing building stock and suggested that so far the profession is providing inadequate solutions misunderstanding renewables. Read an article by Doug King on how architects can help shape the Green Deal in this week’s AJ.

Jason Martin presented Hawkins\Brown’s Premier House project in Twickenham, which worked closely with Low Carbon Workplace. The refurbishment of existing commercial office space is on track to reach BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

Premier House, Hawkins\Brown

Premier House, Hawkins\Brown

Nic Crawley presented the ‘White Collar Factory’ concept which focuses on tall ceilings, smart servicing, simple passive facades, deep plans and a concrete structure, and related it to AHMM’s Angel Building. Read more on the ‘White Collar Factory’ concept on AJ.

Angel Building, AHMM

Angel Building, AHMM

A Q&A session followed the talks where the panel were asked whether they were prepared to guarantee the future energy performance of their buildings. Unsurprisingly they were not. This generated the discussion of how we educate occupiers to allow buildings to reach their full potential.

The evening ended with a vote asking, ‘Can sustainable refurbishment be sexy?’.  Nic Crawley of AHMM stated “Absolutely!” and the vast majority of the audience agreed.

 

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