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The Retrofit Forum, co hosted by The Retrofit Lab (The University of Melbourne) and the University of Technology Sydney, serves as an open platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges of retrofit in Australia. Held on the first Tuesday of each month beginning in May, this forum brings together industry, government, academia, and the public to share knowledge and stay updated about retrofitting practice and research.  

These forums aim to drive the sector forward by fostering a collaborative community dedicated to sharing best practices and insights. Each session will feature presentations by retrofit academics and industry professionals. By facilitating connections, these sessions will address key retrofit challenges and opportunities such as; 

  • Commercial Buildings: How do we engage with developers, building owners and other stakeholders to make retrofit ‘business as usual’ for commercial entities?  
  • Housing: The majority of Australian housing is ill-equipped to deal with unfolding climate, health and affordability challenges. What role does retrofit play in improving the existing housing stock in an equitable and sustainable way? 
  • Landscapes: How does landscape retrofitting contribute to the development of more resilient, low-carbon cities by enhancing various ecosystem services? 
  • Skills: What steps are necessary to equip the Australian workforce with the skills required for retrofitting? 
  • Digital: How can digital technology contribute to promoting the retrofit agenda, including the use of technologies like digital twins? 

Conducted both in-person and online, with hosts alternating monthly between the University of Melbourne and Sydney- this forum fosters collaboration among industry, government, and academia, and aims to collectively address emerging challenges and solutions within the retrofitting landscape. The Retrofit Forum is organised by The Retrofit Lab, Melbourne Centre for Cities at the University of Melbourne. 

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If would like any further information on the Forum, please contact: the-retrofit-lab@unimelb.edu.au 

Next Forum:

Date: Tuesday 4th of June
Location: University of Technology Sydney, Building 6 on Harris St, level 6 room 123
(Melbourne Node dialling in from: Japanese Room, Level 4, Glyn Davis Building, University of Melbourne Campus)
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm 
Theme: Commercial Buildings  

  • Professor Sara Wilkinson, Professor of Sustainable Property Faculty of Design Architecture & Building School of Built Environment, The University of Technology Sydney
  • Quay Quarter - 3XN 

Chair: Professor Sara Wilkinson

Full Schedule:

Date: Tuesday 2nd of July 

Location: University of Melbourne (Japanese Room) + Online 
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm 
Theme: Social Housing 

  • Panel announced soon 

Date: Tuesday 6th of August 
Location: University of Technology Sydney (location TBC)+ Online 
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm 
Theme: TBC 

  • Panel announced soon 

Date: Tuesday 3rd of September 
Location: University of Melbourne (Japanese Room) + Online 
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm 
Theme: Digital Tools 

  • Panel announced soon 

Date: Tuesday 1st of October 
Location: University of Technology Sydney (location TBC)+ Online 
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm 
Theme: TBC 

  • Panel announced soon 

Date: Tuesday 5th of November 
Location: University of Melbourne (Japanese Room) + Online 
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm 
Theme: TBC 

  • Panel announced soon 

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