London calling: why CIBSE is planning to relocate to central London

CIBSE has announced it is seeking to leave Balham and buy a new head office in central London. Alex Smith finds out how the Institution intends to harness Members’ skills and experience to create an exemplar retrofit that will inspire others on the path to net zero

Case study: targeting UK’s highest Nabers rating in Pimlico

The Belgrave Road office development in London is the first to receive a Nabers UK 5.5 target rating for its carefully considered design. Andy Pearson finds out how the rating scheme’s independent design review process drove down operational energy use on the hybrid ambient loop/variable refrigerant flow scheme

Case study: Battersea Power Station

Battersea’s iconic power station has reopened as a mixed-use development incorporating an innovative services strategy that removed the need for heating and cooling in the gargantuan retail mall. Andy Pearson takes us on a tour

Case study: Houlton School retrofit

Turning a radio transmitter station into a sustainable new school for Rugby involved vastly improving the historic fabric of the building while designing new teaching blocks to a high thermal performance to ensure top marks for low energy use. Andy Pearson reports

Burrell Collection retrofit: a glazing success

The Grade A-listed Burrell Collection houses important works of art, but poor fabric performance has made the museum unsustainable. Andy Pearson explains how the building’s glazed façade was restored to make the gallery fit for a low carbon future

Renewing rented homes

The UK lacks a coordinated UK retrofit strategy, while the consultation for improving private rented homes contains some flaws, says Julie Godefroy