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The British Institute of Interior Design is committed to encouraging and supporting creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.

Retrofit Conference 11 March 2011, Space, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

"The BIID Retrofit Conference 2011 is a must for every interior designer and architect. Retrofit is the 'new' New –Build. Re using, re fitting, sustainably bringing our old buildings back to life and making them environmentally fit for a long term future is the only way forward." Wayne Hemingway, Designer & Founder of Hemingway Design

What is Retrofit?

Retrofit is all about making our existing buildings more energy efficient. Until recently the main focus of energy efficiency and sustainability targets has been on new build; this is rapidly changing. A key challenge is going to be how to sustainably refurbish old or existing buildings, not just a moral or ethical dilemma, but also a matter of meeting legal obligations as the government steps up the legislation in this area to meet the targets set.

The BIID Retrofit Conference

This full day tailor-made conference is aimed at interior designers as well as all professionals from the sustainable build environment and will provide delegates with the awareness and strategies required to help deliver the Government's target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

The conference will also begin the discussion on the role designers' play in providing clients with homes and workplaces that are not only energy/carbon efficient, but also healthy, comfortable and aesthetic places to live and work in.

Why is it important to attend the Conference

This is a challenge for the here and now. All interior designers working with older or existing buildings are going to have to meet these legal requirements and try to solve the many problems that this sort of work involves.

This conference is intended to help you prepare for these important changes and will:

  • Inform you about government plans and policy and explain how the new legislation in this area will apply to you
  • Present potential solutions, via case studies and talks from experts who have already worked through some of the problems and challenges that can arise
  • Address the potential conflict between the drive for energy efficiency and a healthy indoor environment
  • Particularly consider the aesthetic challenges that the designer faces
  • Inform you about the skills and information that your builders/contractors will require
  • Put forward strategies to help convince your client that the additional expense that is sometimes required is, in fact, a long term investment
  • Help you understand the considerable commercial opportunities in the field

Download the Agenda for the day

The Conference will conclude with the inaugural BIID Awards for BIID Residential and Commercial Retrofit Awards, and BIID Sustainable Product Award presented by Wayne Hemingway.

Confirmed Speakers to look forward to:

  • Paul Morrell O.B.E, Chief Construction Advisor to the Government
  • Wayne Hemingway, Designer & Founder of Hemingway Design
  • Alastair Fuad-Luke, Sustainable Design Enabler and Author
  • Colin Butfield, Great British Refurb Campaign & Head of Campaigns, WWF-UK
  • Ioannis Ioannidis, Interpretation Manager, Historic Royal Palaces
  • Glenn Irwin, Sustainability Director, Gifford
  • Katy Lithgow, Head Conservator, National Trust
  • Oliver Novakovic, Director of Future Housing, BRE
  • Lucy Pedlar, Architect & Founder of the Green Register
  • Russell Smith, Managing Director, Parity Projects
  • Sally Storey, Design Director, John Cullen Lighting

Ticket Prices

“Special Offer” (valid if you book by 28th February 2011):

  • BIID Member: £100 +VAT
  • Non-member: £150 +VAT

Standard rates:

  • BIID Member: £150 +VAT
  • Non-member: £200 +VAT
  • BIID Student: £95 +VAT

To book your place please download and complete the booking form

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