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Painting the town green

Published 7th November, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Painting the town green

Making an existing building more sustainable by sensitively adapting it to meet modern environmental standards is not only culturally important to maintaining our heritage but also makes good business sense. Consider Belfast’s Grand Opera House or the Ulster Museum which are both excellent examples of how old buildings can benefit from retrofitting to keep up to date with the changing times.

Retrofitting is an important issue for any facilities management professional managing an older building, which requires protection and conservation for future generations.

The British Institute of Facilities Management hosted its annual BIFM conference on 4 November at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, sponsored by Aramark and H&J Martin, and one of the main topics highlighted was the issue of ‘retrofitting’.

One of the key benefits of retrofitting is undoubtedly the return on investment achieved through improving the efficiency of a building.

Retrofitting can also make an existing building more suitable for use and can have a greater positive impact on the environment, guaranteeing you operate a green business in an old building.

Key speaker at the annual conference, Dawson Stelfox, chairman of Consarc Design Group, is an expert in retrofitting old buildings and ensuring these buildings meet the ever increasing standards demanded of them. A highly regarded architect, Dawson has a vast experience of working on a number of key buildings in Northern Ireland.
The conference provided a platform for professional organisations to share ideas, enhance their knowledge base and network with others in this rapidly growing sector.

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