Peter Rickaby

Dr Peter Rickaby chairs the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group. He is also Technical Director of The Retrofit Academy and helps to run the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB) and the Building Envelope Research Network, both at University College London. The views expressed in his column are his own and not necessarily those of BSI, The Retrofit Academy or UCL.

Let’s move beyond the sustainable city oxymoron

A truly sustainable built environment hinges on a multiplicity of factors, not least including the context within which a building sits. Dr Peter Rickaby argues that a focus on cities may lead us in the wrong direction. 

Are social housing retrofit efforts failed by finance models?

Roughly 50,000 excess winter deaths occur annually between the UK and Ireland, with fuel poverty a primary cause. Yet although concerted social housing retrofit efforts could help tackle climate change while preventing thousands of senseless deaths of vulnerable people, flawed financial modelling is letting us down, argues Peter Rickaby. 

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