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Leeds Civic Trust Webinar

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July 2022

Group Ginger were invited to present at Leeds Civic Trusts webinar, ‘Retrofit, Refurbishment and Repurposing: The Action Gap’.

Retrofit, Refurbishment and Repurposing (RRR) are all different approaches that can contribute to sustainability by minimising reliance on planetary material resources for our built environment. Whether deemed worthy of conservation or not, our existing stock of buildings has an inherent positive carbon footprint that increases with longevity.

Maintenance, repair, adaptation and upgrading incur a fraction of new-build energy costs, from the disposal of construction/demolition waste through to the extraction, manufacture and freighting of new-build materials. However, the new-build option still takes precedence over RRR in many cases.

The objective of this Leeds Civic Trust series of webinars is to open up a discussion about the RRR action gap between opportunity and delivery in the construction industries, and to explore identified obstacles and inspiring solutions in Leeds and the North.

Webinar 5 focussed on Innovative Briefs and Initiatives; old buildings have a reputation for being unpredictable creatures, not only in terms of budgetary and methodological certainty, but also in terms of statutory compliance and business structure. Some experts discuss here some creative alternatives that suggest otherwise.

To watch our presentation, follow this YouTube Link.

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