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Building on its existing refurbishment and conservation expertise, PDP London is one of the first practices to have invested in specialised in-house Retrofit Coordinator training, which is in line with the recommendations of Each Home Counts (also known as the Bonfield Review). In this “long read” article we reflect on the role of the Retrofit Coordinator in achieving the UK carbon reduction standards and comment on the Quality Mark proposed for domestic retrofit. The article also presents an update on the development of the associated retrofit standards, provided by a member of the Each Home Counts Implementation Board Peter Rickaby.
On Tuesday 22nd November, Managing Director of PDP London's Hong Kong Studio, Dave Hoggard, talked about Asian Residential models in a global market at the Residential Construction Network conference.
Architect: John Sanders
Remodelled by Paul Davis and Partners for Charles Saatchi, 2006–7
Marion Baeli was project architect of PDP London’s 100 Princedale Road project, the first PassivHaus certified residential retrofit in the UK – one of the Retrofit for the Future programme project. This led her to author ‘Residential Retrofit: Twenty Case Studies’, an RIBA publication that presents a series of innovative and best practice case studies of residential low energy retrofit projects, and illustrates what has been achieved in practice in the UK.
Ningbo is described as a second tier city which means it doesn't quite have the status of Shanghai about two hours drive to the north east, but with a population of almost eight million for the municipality and a history dating back to 4800BC it is by standards any other than in China a very large and busy city.
As with all Chinese cities an enormous amount of development is the norm. Driving in from the airport it is easy to see the layers and stages where this has taken place. There are areas built in the 70s and 80s which already are showing their age and look ready to be replaced.