The theme for symposium is as follows:

‘Refurbishment, resilience and sustainability:
re-thinking assumptions and systems in a time of change.’


  • Productivity looks at the interrelations between environments and human output. As humans, we naturally work better in environments that provide us with the necessities of warmth, light, air, space and comfort. If buildings can be adapted and designed to provide these basics and more, an increase in productivity will naturally ensue. This can be a huge benefit, not only for business output, but also for happiness and health in the home.


  • Resilience within the built environment focusses on ensuring that buildings are fit both for purpose, and are able to withstand challenges from their external environment. As our climate changes, we are seeing higher frequencies of extreme weather events, which give our buildings a battering. As buildings are refurbished, renovated and retrofitted, they need to also be designed to withstand these changes. Resilience is about ensuring that the internal building environment can be maintained, regardless of what is happening outside. This is with the ultimate goal of ensuring human comfort and productivity.


  • Sustainability encompasses is focussed largely on development; specifically development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Bruntland Commission). In the built environment, this means that when we carry out refurbishment projects, they need to be carried out correctly, in a way that will both last, and continue to provide for the people existing within the building.

The three elements of the symposium theme are strongly interlinked, and provide a focus for improving the quality and standards for refurbishment across the board.

If you would prefer to speak to a human being than wait for an email, please call The Refurbishment Symposium Team on: +44 (0) 1785 711 574