ECD to host roundtable at EAUC conference

ECD Architects hosts EAUC 2024 conference roundtable re retrofit

May 20, 2024


ECD Architects is delighted to be hosting a session re Decarbonising University Estates at the EAUC Annual Conference which this year is in Winchester from 25-26 June.

The EAUC is the environmental and sustainability champion within Further and Higher Education in the UK and Ireland. It is a Member association supporting Universities and Colleges across the UK and Ireland.

Over the last five to ten years, there has been an increasing awareness within the Further and Higher Education sector of the need to address environmental issues both operationally, as businesses, and within the curriculum. As a result, an increasing number of staff have been given responsibility to progress the environmental agenda, either as dedicated environmental advisors or as part of an existing post.

Membership of the EAUC has grown in number as a result of commitment to environmental and sustainability issues within the FHE sector. With around 300 institutional members, the EAUC is an influential voice within the sector.

The roundtable at the EAUC2024 conference, which will focus on retrofitting university buildings includes Alistair Cameron and James Traynor from ECD Architects as well as M&E engineer Stephen Clark (WSP), Rufus Logan (University of Strathclyde) and Dean Drobot (University of Edinburgh).

Setting the scene, Alistair Cameron will present the University of Strathclyde ‘Climate Neutral Estate’ project and discuss how the findings from this project have gone on to influence the strategic retrofit plans for other clients, such as the University of Edinburgh and various councils, with regard to the large scale retrofit of their education and non-domestic estates. Event attendees will be encouraged to contribute during the session to enable a collaborative experience for all participants.

The University of Strathclyde Climate Neutral Estate involved a comprehensive review of the university’s John Anderson Campus, encompassing EnerPHit retrofit studies for existing buildings, climate change risk and adaptation assessments of the wider site, and considerations around the suitability of their existing district heating network for expansion and conversion from gas to a renewable heat source. The goal of these efforts is to help the university achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.

The EAUC event presents an opportunity to explore the latest advancements in retrofitting university buildings and gain valuable insights into successful retrofitting initiatives. We look forward to supporting the EAUC and engaging with its members in this collaborative and informative forum.

For details see the EAUC 2024 Conference page: