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BSRIA university partnership to focus on retrofit buildings and efficiency innovation

Organisation will work with London South Bank University on an innovation centre looking at complex built environment challenges

BSRIA has partnered with London South Bank University to jointly manage a new research and innovation centre focused on building services and the built environment.

More collaborative research will be a key focus of the BSRIA-LSBU Innovation Centre (BLIC), which was launched on 23 January.

The partnership is intended to build on BSRIA’s expertise and global work looking at topics such as energy efficiency and carbon reduction, as well as LSBU’s background in education and training.

Professor George Ofori, dean of the LSBU School of Architecture and Built Environment, said an estimated 80 per cent of existing real estate in the UK was believed to account for over 40 per cent of total carbon emissions in the UK.

The UK has set a legal target to fully eliminate carbon emissions nationally by 2050, with several devolved authorities looking at the potential for even stricter targets at regional or city level.

Professor Ofori said that efforts to successfully curb carbon emissions from UK buildings in line with the government’s aims would require greater levels of research and innovation around transforming the building stock already in use across the UK.

He said, “The challenges associated with retro-fitting existing housing estates have been highlighted with the tragic events of Grenfell Tower, but there are also other challenges facing the construction industry, associated with fuel poverty, air quality, uptake of technology, performance of existing technology and user experience.”

“The new BSRIA research centre will focus on finding innovative solutions to these problems, while providing leadership that will deliver safe, affordable and sustainable domestic environments for communities in the UK and globally.”

BSRIA chief executive Julia Evans added, “These two institutions will bring enormous focus to the key challenges facing the Built Environment and will deliver practical and effective outcomes to the major issue we all face.”

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