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Building retrofit

Transform and resuse - low carbon futures for existing buildings

Transform and resuse - low carbon futures for existing buildings

Over 60-plus years, Arup has worked on more than 10,000 projects around the world to repair, reconstruct, refurbish, reconfigure, re-invigorate and restore value to buildings. These include high-profile models for better building performance such as Unilever House’s award-winning retrofit.

Today, we take a finely honed analytical approach, underpinned by keen appreciation of the real-world needs of building owners and occupants.

Given that 87% of today's buildings will still be occupied in 2050, Transform & Reuse projects have an especially important role to play in the decarbonisation of the built environment. Our expertise enables us to transform and reuse existing buildings in exciting and sustainable ways. ” Simon Swietochowski Simon Swietochowski Associate Director

Strategic improvement

Value has many dimensions. We consider financial, environmental and design performance alongside market risk and occupant wellbeing. Our analysis starts building owners and occupiers in the right direction by helping them choose the surest way to make their assets work harder.

Results often exceed expectation. Our interventions at 39 Hunter St, Sydney helped revive a 90-year-old building. It became not only an A-grade commercial space, quickly occupied by blue-chip tenants, but also the first heritage-listed building to attain the top grade in office design under Australia’s Green Star, an environmental rating that also considers productivity and cost.

Expertise that adapts

With integrated skills in consultancy, design and project management, we can take projects from concept to delivery. Or we can bring sharp focus to one element of asset optimisation, such as post occupancy evaluation or retro-commissioning.

For Pfizer, we focused on energy efficiency measures to enhance corporate sustainability and reduce costs at its 38-acre research campus in La Jolla, California. We identified and implemented energy-saving projects that cut annual operating costs by more than US$1m and carbon by 5,000 tonnes. The projects paid for themselves in less than six months.

For Queen Mary, University of London, we designed a strategic carbon management and implementation plan to achieve a target reduction of 34% in CO emissions by 2020. The resulting interventions to systems, buildings and infrastructure also improved flexibility, efficiency, user-satisfaction and reputation of the University’s estate.

Solutions for a world of challenges

We have the technical expertise and global insight to meet local requirements anywhere. But our know-how goes beyond solutions with readily quantifiable benefits, such as low or zero carbon technologies. Our building performance and systems specialists analyse occupant satisfaction feedback from buildings worldwide. Knowing what makes occupants happy, healthy and comfortable, we can align technical and human performance to deliver value beyond cost savings.

Whatever the benefits sought by asset managers and owners, we help realise their true value with tailored investment advice and a market-tested approach.


Talk to our experts

You can access our Building Retrofit services through regional consultants around the world.