Climate Responsive Retrofit: University Design Challenge 2023

Climate Responsive Retrofit: University Design Challenge 2023

Retrofit is essential; It’s not easy, it’s far more challenging than new-build, and it takes a team of knowledgeable caring professionals to accomplish schemes that work. We need our future professionals to understand the complexity and embrace the constraints and challenges. Which is why it was the focus of our 2023 challenge.

Timber Development UK (TDUK) partnered with Built Environment – Smarter Transformation BE-ST, New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering (NMITE), Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), Passivhaus Trust (PHT) & the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) in our 2023 university challenge, which saw interdisciplinary teams of individual students and 2022 graduates from UK Universities address the urgent need to reuse existing buildings by repurposing and retrofitting.

The Winners

  • 25 October 2022Launch at BE-ST
  • November 2022Challenge Brief released
  • November/December 2022Webinar series
  • 22 January 2023Registration closes
  • January 2023Team Building
  • January/February 2023Software workshops online
  • 24 April 2023Challenge closes
  • 9 May 2023Shortlist announced
  • Early JuneLive final at NMITE


We are currently seeking sponsors for our 2023 competition. Please get in touch with for more information.

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