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Introducing RetroFirst: a new AJ campaign championing reuse in the built environmentSubscription

Amid the escalating climate crisis, Will Hurst introduces the AJ’s campaign to prioritise retrofitting existing buildings over demolition and rebuild

What is RetroFirst?

The AJ has launched a campaign to prioritise retrofit over demolition and rebuild.

RetroFirst has three demands:

    Tax: Cut VAT rate on refurbishment from 20% to 5%

    Policy: Promote the reuse by introducing new clauses into planning guidance and the building regs

    Procurement: Insist all publicly funded projects look to retrofit solutions first

So far more than 100 architecture practices, organisations and individuals have declared their support for our campaign.

Want to get involved? Use #RetroFirst on social media or email us your thoughts.