Retrofitting Existing Buildings for CO2 Reduction in Scotland and Turkey

This research explores the problems experienced in existing housing stocks in Scotland (Glasgow) and Turkey (Kadıköy, Istanbul) regarding retrofitting for carbon reduction.  It also identifies the sub-actions of the retrofitting requirements in both cases, compares the problems and requirements to be explored in the two cases, and discusses alternative solutions/actions by creating reciprocal learning platforms in both cases. It compares and contrasts common and divergent problems of, and policy solutions to retrofitting the existing housing stock in these contexts. The two cases provide a comparative opportunity regarding their scale and the climate change adaptation policies being adopted in both cases.

The research is to be conducted through a series of expert workshops to be taken place in Istanbul and Glasgow. The expert workshops aim to get together various stakeholders and create continuous engagement among these groups. The participants are to be invited from academia, public service, civil society and practices working on retrofit issues to create an actor mobilization platform.

The research will address the role of the built environment in climate emergency as well as exploring its potential for reducing CO2 emissions. It will produce empirical results for developing our understanding of the climate change mitigation through existing housing stock retrofitting.


Bilge Serin, University of Glasgow

Ender Peker, Istanbul Policy Centre, Sabancı University


June 2019 – March 2020 


British Institute at Ankara