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Kate Dougherty, WSP’s head of net zero and sustainability for building services, gives a crash course on best practices for retrofitting. Credit: Place North West and WSP

COP26 | Retrofitting 101: the dos and don’ts of making old buildings sustainable

Julia Hatmaker

Engineering consultancy WSP delves into the ins and outs of retrofitting beyond just housing, tackling how commercial projects need to get on board to help the UK meet its net zero ambitions in this episode of Place North West’s COP26 podcast series.

Given that 80% of the buildings that will exist in 2050 are already built, retrofitting is no longer an option but a necessity. Kate Dougherty, WSP’s head of net zero and sustainability for building services, gives a crash course on best practices for retrofitting.

Listen to the podcast at the top of this article to hear her share the challenges that face retrofitting and the great opportunities it presents.

This episode is part of Place North West’s COP26 podcast series, which looks at sustainability solutions within the property industry ahead of the UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow this November.

In each episode, guests will share actionable insights and essential evidence-based advice drawing on lessons learned from their work moving towards net zero carbon. Listen to more of our COP26 podcasts.

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