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This contextualizes claims for “sustainable” products.


The retrofit need is an infrastructure problem; energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals are solution dependent.


Faรงade retrofit process is costly and complex, high potential for waste and inefficiency. Do it right this time!


Façade retrofit practices undefined: •design typologies, •evaluation criteria, •means and methods for implementation, all require best practice development.


Current design practices do not anticipate the need for retrofit. Facade systems must be designed to accommodate retrofit and adaptive reuse


Recycling and reuse need to be adopted as primary strategies in facade retrofit.


Advanced recycling technology is needed for new high-performance materials. Architectural glass is a prime example. Renovation and new building design should be limited to the use of fully recyclable products.


Renewed emphasis on first principles and embracing the apparent constraints of sustainability. R&D and education collaborations between the profession, industry and academy should be fostered.


Creative methods for rating buildings may be helpful, but it is highly likely that legislative measures for building energy and carbon performance will be required very soon.


Sustainability is still largely treated as an option, this at increasing cost to the world’s people, economies, and the environment.

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