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New awards recognise retrofitting expertise

NCE has teamed up with sister titles The Architects’ Journal and the BEST Show to launch a new awards scheme designed specifically to recognise the best projects and teams working in the emerging retrofit market

The Retrofit Awards 2010 are backed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Royal Institute of British Architects and will showcase the firms, teams and ideas driving this sector.

Entries are sought from projects across the retrofit market from domestic dwellings, commercial and industrial buildings to infrastructure facilities. The closing date for entries is 10 June.

The retrofit market includes the reuse and improvement of existing homes, buildings, community facilities and infrastructure and will be particularly crucial in meeting tomorrow’s low carbon needs. Engineers, architects and contractors and clients will all face a massive challenge to embrace the opportunity.

“Retrofitting will be an increasingly important priority for clients as they strive to both save money and cut down on carbon emissions.”

Antony Oliver, NCE

The size of the market, according to the government-backed independent Sustainability Development Commission, could reach up to £500bn over 20 to 30 years as clients move to meet their climate change and energy efficiency concerns.

Covering a range of categories across the built environment, these new awards will celebrate and highlight the emerging innovations and projects that will lead the future retrofit thinking.

By rewarding the outstanding achievements of today the awards will help them to become the norm of the future.

A panel of judges from across built environment will include architect Sir Terry Farrell, low carbon architect Simon Sturgis, CABE chairman Paul Finch and NCE editor Antony Oliver.

“Retrofitting will be an increasingly important priority for clients as they strive to both save money and cut down on carbon emissions,” explained Oliver.

“The successful designers, contractors and suppliers will be those best able to demonstrate and deliver the innovative ideas and new ways of working that make our existing infrastructure perform better at the lowest possible whole life cost.”

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