Retrofit 2012 Conference Hosted by Salford

The University of Salford will be playing host to next year’s Retrofit 2012 Conference. Building on the success of last year’s launch of Joule Terrace, a Victorian house in a climate controlled laboratory, the Energy team at Salford will be hosting a three day conference dedicated to the retrofit problem.

The conference is being led by Dr Will Swan from SCRI and Dr Phil Brown from the Salford Housing and Urban Studies Unit. The objective of the conference to take a multi-disciplinary perspective, accepting papers from a wide range of disciplines in order to look at new ways of solving the retrofit problem.

Dr Will Swan said, “We have been working in the retrofit area from some time, and we have seen real benefits when academics from different disciplines come together around a problem. We have joint projects between scientists, built environment, sociologists, engineers and computer scientists. There has been a real benefit in bringing the disciplines together; there are real opportunities to find answers by looking at the problem from a variety of perspectives.”

Each day of the conference will look at the problem from a different perspective. The first day will look at theories, ideas and experimental data, the second day will consider more applied work in the field, while the final day will be dedicated to industry and community issues.

Dr Phil Brown said, “This promises to be an exciting opportunity for researchers to come together to discuss and debate how best to integrate their perspectives in order to develop real-world solutions to this very real challenge’.

Retrofit 2012 will be held from 24th – 26th January 2012, at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays.

If you wish to find out more about Retrofit 2012, please visit the conference website www.retrofit2012.org, or contact Will Swan, w.c.swan@salford.ac.uk

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