CALL FOR PAPERS – Retrofitting at scale: accelerating capabilities

This Buildings & Cities special issue investigates what capabilities and capacities are needed for delivering retrofit at scale for domestic buildings.

Of particular interest are the questions surrounding the issue of how to ACCELERATE the delivery of domestic energy retrofitting at different scales – national, municipal, neighbourhood and individual sites.

We are seeking papers that interrogate governance, economic / business, organisational, social and technical aspects and their interactions: existing planning capabilities; available building stock data and what more is needed; rural and urban retrofit strategies; the roles, capabilities and capacities of existing and new actors / enterprises in delivering retrofit (e.g. local authorities, urban planners, construction professionals, contractors and subcontractors); how can renovation elements be produced in an industrialised way to increase capacity and reduce costs; the economic, social, political, legislative, regulatory aspects of delivery models; what owners or inhabitants require; forms of user engagement; what future proofing is appropriate; what requirements and guarantees will ensure performance in use. There will be insights across different scales and geographical contexts as well as top-down vs bottom-up models. Distinctions & complementarities will be drawn for policies and delivery strategies for different scales, stakeholders, inhabitants and disciplines.

Deadline for abstracts: 13 July 2020

Guest editors: Faye Wade (U of Edinburgh) and Henk Visscher (TU Delft)