The greenest building is the one that is already built. Half the buildings built by 2050 already exist and retrofitting them is key to achieve decarbonisation targets. Retrofitting an existing building has been deemed more challenging compared to building new. However, retrofitting can create environmental, commercial and social benefits, such as reducing operational carbon through energy efficiency and removing fossil fuel connections, creating significant embodied carbon savings, improving health and wellbeing outcomes, preserving heritage sites, improving community spaces and increasing property value.
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