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Innovations In Green Office Retrofits

Date: 19 September 2012

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Executive Summary

Repositioning existing office properties through energy and environmental retrofits represents an opportunity for market participants operating across a building’s life cycle. The constraints of existing structures demand that project teams invest time to develop their understanding of the underlying building structure as well as its mechanical and electrical systems and controls before engaging in a retrofit project. This report draws on previous Verdantix research into the new green office development market and examines the cross over in process use, material selection and technology adoption between new build and retrofit. It helps investors, developers, contractors, facilities managers, heads of practices in design and build teams, along with service providers, product manufacturers and technology managers to understand the full spectrum of innovation taking place in the retrofit market. In addition, it highlights the different approaches that green retrofit projects demand when compared to new developments.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INNOVATIONS IN GREEN OFFICE RETROFITS
Retrofit Market Spans A Spectrum Of Activity
RETROFITS CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO INNOVATE IN BUILDINGS’ PROCESSES, MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES
Project Teams Must Fully Understand The Existing Building To Succeed
Material Selection Must Take Account Of Embodied Carbon And Indoor Environmental Quality
Existing Structural Plans Along With Mechanical And Electrical Systems Dictate Technology Use

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Process Innovation: From New Build To Retrofits
Figure 2.
Technology Innovation: From New Build To Retrofits
Figure 3.
Material Innovation: From New Build To Retrofits

ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONEDORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED

Derwent London, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Deutsche Bank, Drivers Jonas Deloitte, Empire State Building Company LLC, ENCORD, GE Real Estate, Google, Flectcher Priest, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Infor, Integral Group, Investa Property Group, Jones Lang LaSalle, Land Securities, Low Carbon Workplace Trust, Paladino, Rocky Mountain Institute, Schneider Electric, Skanska, Siemens, Stanhope, The International Living Future Institute, US Energy Information Agency, US Green Building Council, Wireless Energy Management Systems International