UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Amr Hamada

Retrofitting Strategies for Public Administrative Building in Egypt

Retrofitting existing buildings has become an area of concern,  as research is increasingly becoming oriented towards making the most of the available resources to achieve an energy-efficient built environment. There is an urgent need to address rapid growth in inefficient and carbon-intensive building investments, especially in developing countries . Research shows that existing buildings have a significant contribution to the energy use and carbon emissions of the built environment. 

In Egypt, several public administrative buildings are being incrementally evacuated for the government’s relocation to the new capital city, currently being constructed east of Cairo. The study of retrofit opportunities is essential since the Egyptian government has not declared specific strategies to make the optimum use of this existing significant governmental building stock. Moreover, there is no previous expertise nor local guidelines for public building retrofits in Egypt, and the body of literature on retrofits in hot arid climates and developing countries needs further investigation and adaptation to the case of Egypt.

Utilizing energy simulation and optimization models, this research studies the potentiality, practicality, and feasibility of various retrofit strategies for public administrative buildings in Egypt. The study aims to develop a generic retrofit framework adjusted to local climate, construction practice, urban context, and energy policies.