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30CE - Challenges and Opportunities of Revitalizing Aging Façades

24 May 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This session is available on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Architects are well-versed in new construction practices. As the built stock ages, significant opportunities will be available for practitioners who can provide innovative solutions for revitalizing façades on occupied commercial buildings. Retrofit projects introduce significant constraints and challenges that are not present in new construction. Budget limitations and the need to maintain occupancy often render full façade replacement infeasible. The goals of improved energy efficiency, performance and aesthetics remain.

This session discusses innovative methods for retrofit of occupied buildings and ways of dealing with the unique challenges posed. The relative advantages and disadvantages, and technical considerations for each method, are reviewed. The challenges of planning, designing and implementing the renewal on an occupied commercial building are discussed along with case histories of major retrofits at buildings such as The Zurich Building (400 University Avenue, Toronto). During this retrofit, a new, thermally broken façade was installed while the existing remained in place. As such, the building interior was never exposed to the exterior, full occupancy was maintained throughout construction and tenant disruption was minimized. Learn how this was accomplished and how the methods can be extended to other buildings across Canada.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the unique challenges and constraints posed by retrofits.
  2. Learn about the different methods of retrofit and their relative advantages and disadvantages
  3. Understand the challenges of preparing for and implementing a retrofit on an occupied building.
  4. Understand new, innovative approaches that should be considered.


Rob Wood, P.Eng.
Since 2005, Rob Wood has served as a member of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), the organization responsible for oversight of the National Building Code.

 This session is sponsored by DuRock Alfacing International Ltd