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> AIM-ES Guidelines document available now !


The evolution of industrial processes offers innovative techniques for the retrofitting of building envelopes: Architectural Industrialised Multifunctional Envelope Systems (AIM-ES). The old building is ‘wrapped’ with a new envelope made of large prefabricated elements, mounted on top of the existing walls. Much information related to prefabricated envelope systems for retrofitting is already available in literature […]



On Thursday 30 June 2016 the strategic platform Brussels Retrofit XL organises the launch of the interactive webtool: B³-RetroTool. The tool B³-RetroTool is the result of three years of research work conducted by UCL and ULB in the context of the project B³-RetroTool. The interactive pre-assessment tool uses a multi-scale and multi-criteria approach for sustainable […]

> B³-RetroTool NOW online


B³-RetroTool is an interactive webtool for the pre-assessment of sustainable retrofitting in the Brussels Capital Region, using multiple criteria and working on different levels. The tool is now freely available to the public at the following link:³-retrotool/  (Registration is free of charge). The tool has been developed by UCL-Architecture et climat and ULB-Batir in […]

> ETICS with rigid finishings


On Tuesday 7 June 2016, the Buildwise innovETICS research team co-organises the Brussels seminar ETICS avec revêtements dur/ ETICS met harde bekledingen. More information on the event is available below: L’isolation par l’extérieur au moyen de revêtements durs encollés sur isolation connaît une forte croissance tant en construction neuve qu’en rénovation. Ce séminaire a pour […]

> Cours d’hiver 2016: Pose des ETICS


Technique d’isolation des façades par l’extérieur, les enduits sur isolant (External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems, en abrégé ETICS) ont connu un essor considérable et des évolutions significatives ces dernières années. Ce cours qui se déroulera sur deux soirées abordera tout d’abord les composants des systèmes et les supports envisageables. Les exposés seront abondamment illustrés par […]

> NEW DATE ! Retrofitting Thursdays: Sustainable energy in the city


On Thursday 4 February 2016, the strategic platform Brussels Retrofit XL organises its KNOWLEDGE SESSION on SUSTAINABLE ENERGY IN THE CITY which was postponed last November. more information available below and on the Events page. Whereas sustainable energy is often associated with large off-shore wind farms or hydro-electric power stations, cities have the potential to […]

> Book Launched! Post-war building materials


On december 10th, 2015 the RetroCo-team launched their book “Post-war building materials. /in housing. /in Brussels. /1945-1975” in a full auditorium at the CIVA in Brussels. More than 130 people registered for the presentation of the book and the subsequent panel discussion. International guest speakers from industry and academia gave their thoughts on the use […]


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More than 70 participants joined us for an afternoon with interesting presentations and discussion on Thursday 3 december 2015 at the Retrofitting Thursday “Industrialisation and prefabrication of building systems for renovation”. Information on the program and the presentations are available on the event page. Some impressions below:  

> RETROFITTING THURSDAYS: Post-war building materials in Brussels

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On Thursday 10 December 2015 the strategic platform Brussels Retrofit XL organises the book launch: “Post-war building materials in housing in Brussels, 1945-1975”. This book is the result of three years of research work conducted by VUB-ReUse for the project RetroCo. The book consists of eight chapters, each dealing with a specific material or building product […]