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Greening the Existing Building Stock: Conference 2010

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on August 6th, 2010

How can we meet the challenge of transforming our existing buildings for a sustainable Australia? While new buildings are becoming increasingly energy and water efficient, the overwhelming majority of existing buildings in Australia were built without any consideration for sustainability. The improvement of their performance plays a crucial part in the nation’s efforts for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The transformation of the existing building stock is regarded as the biggest challenge facing owners, government and the building industry today.

The Green Building and Design Conference 2010 will provide you with the inspiration and guidance to successfully transform the existing building stock to meet sustainability criteria. Site visits, presentations and discussions will illustrate how theory has been put into practice and how practice can be used to refine theory.

Topics include:

* key strategic issues and trends in the refurbishments of residential and commercial buildings
* successful mitigation and adaptation strategies
* mandatory disclosure of building performance
* retrofitting heritage listed buildings
* post-occupancy studies
* economic strategies for improving building performance
* life cycle analysis in the decision making process
* non-technical factors influencing successful retrofits

Hosted by the RMIT Centre for Design, this highly regarded, annual professional training conference is the most comprehensive and informative in its field due to its breadth of speakers and the practical emphasis of the program. The conference brings together architects and designers, policy makers, councilors, energy consultants, building owners and stakeholders in the construction industry. An online virtual participation mode is available for those who are unable to attend the event personally. This provides an interactive experience, providing access to presentations and the ability to ask questions in real-time. Lunch and refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks will be provided for in-person attendees.

Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th September 2010
State Library of Victoria

Contact Nicola Willand RMIT Centre for Design Tel: (+61 3) 9925 3902 Email:

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