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This contextualizes claims for “sustainable” products.


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


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


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


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


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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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