The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance is a collaboration of organisations that acts as a forum for sustaining and improving solid-wall buildings.


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Get Involved! 


Organisations interested in supporting our work can get involved as a:


-  Member (not-for-profits) or Affiliate Member (for profit)


  Click here


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Featured News


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We would like to thank all those who came to this event and contributed to a very successful day. We broadened our topics to include all our areas that we are engaging in:


Context Regulations, policy & working practices, as well as challenging the viewpoints that drive our current perception of sustainability.


Continuity A programme of maintenance, an understanding of building pathology, the use of appropriate materials and a ventilation strategy are key strategy are key to the effective functioning of traditional buildings.

 

Change Changes to traditional buildings are needed for energy efficiency. Research into retrofit measures provides the knowledge needed for a Responsible Retrofit approach.


More . . . 

 

 

The presentations are being uploaded:

 

                    - links via our Resources page and 

                    - keep informed via our Newsletters (subscribe above)


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The SPAB Building Performance Survey 

June 2017


This research looks at questions of risk in the refurbishment of traditional buildings. Since 2011 temperature and relative humidity profiles have been measured through three insulated solid walls - joined, in 2014, by measurements of material moisture content. These different measurement techniques aim to provide a detailed insight into the behaviour of moisture and moisture risks in the fabric of the walls. Over the past six years Archimetrics monitoring has built up a picture of the seasonal behavior of moisture in the walls, as well as longerterm trends, which shows the different and at times competing influences that affect these moisture profiles. 


The latest SPAB Building Performance Survey - produced in conjunction with ArchiMetrics and Historic England can be downloaded. Click here for the Summary and click here for the full report by ArchiMetrics.

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Neil May awarded MBE - June 2017

 

We are delighted and proud to announce that our CEO, Neil May, has been awarded the MBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours List. This is in recognition of his work to promote sustainability in the built environment.


Often referred to as inspirational, Neil has been instrumental in the formation of several organisations and initiatives to promote various aspects of sustainable building. These include the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, Good Homes Alliance and the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (at UCL) - and, of course, the STBA.


Neil's recent work has included the Bristolian's Guide to Solid Wall Insulation as part of Bristol City Council's Warm Up Bristol initiative and his Moisture in Buildings guidance paper with Chris Sanders.


The 2017 Birthday Honours List.  


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The Future of the Past by Neil May

 

The Future of the Past is a ground-breaking essay written by Neil May and supported by key organisations within the STBA  (Church of England, SPAB, National Trust, Historic Scotland). 

 

It begins by addressing the apparent disconnection between sustainability and heritage but rapidly acknowledges that this is symptomatic of a much deeper division in our society, even within ourselves. The paper explores how this situation arose, examining its roots in neoliberalism and logical positivism and explains how these have shaped not only the world we live in but also how they have distorted the practice of sustainability - which has unwittingly become part of the problem. 

 

The paper concludes that heritage and cultural values must play a much more active role in discussions about the future. 


The Future of the Past can be downloaded here.


A summary of this paper can be downloaded here


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Events

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Upcoming Events by Others:

 



 

Historic Environment Scotland
Traditional Buildings - Fit for Energy Efficiency? 
Fort George, Inverness

  • 11th August

More . . . .


 

Energy Efficiency and Retrofit of Pre-1919 Traditional Buildings, Wales 


A 2-day training course led by John Edwards of Edwards Hart Consultants

  • 5 & 6 September

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Eco-Connect - International Refurbishment Symposium & AECB Conference 

  • 15th September, London

More on the AECB website . . . 


 

Embodied Carbon: To Rebuild or To Retrofit?

 

(Fit for the Future Members only event)

  •  22nd September

More . . . 

 


CIOB: Understanding Building Conservation 

 

2-day course in London, led by John Edwards 

  • 19-20 September n2017
  • 14-15 November 2017

More on CIOB Academy website . . . 

 

 

 

ASBP's Natural Fibre Insulation CPD Series, London

 

CPDs explaining the benefits with technical information and case studies - 17.00 to 19.00 

  • 19th September
  • 26th October
  • 23rd November

Discounts (Partners rate) for STBA members.

 

See the ASBP website for details.  



 

RICS & SPAB Building Conservation Summer School, Cirencester


Choose from the full 5-day event or just  the Building Conservation in Practice one-day event (14 Sept)
  • 10-14 Sep 2017
More on the RICS website



 

UK Passivhaus Conference, London

  • 24th October

Discounts for STBA members

Details on Passivhaus Trust website.

 

More Events news  


Guidance

Whole House Retrofit


This short paper examines the various levels of retrofit which are often described as whole house but in reality fall far short.

The STBA’s approach is explained, together with the potential opportunities for a sustainable future.

 

Click here.

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'Planning Responsible Retrofit'

Planning Responsible Retrofit is designed for use by owners, designers, project managers and contractors when planning a retrofit project. 

the STBA Guide to Planning Responsible Retrofit.pdf
Planning Responsible Retrofit

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Bristolians' Solid Wall Insulation Guidance

A user-friendly online tool and complimentary guide is available for those living in Bristol to help them make more informed decisions about how to insulate their homes. 

The guidance is available here. 

And you can see the online tool (and video) 
by clicking here (and then follow 'begin survey'.)

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Moisture in Buildings


Moisture in Buildings: an integrated approach to risk assessment and guidance by STBA's Neil May and Chris Sanders 


Available to download via the bsi website.

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More Guidance & Research

Policy

An immediate objective of the STBA is to focus on the risks and benefits associated with generic approaches to repair, maintenance and retro-fitting of traditional buildings. We have completed a gap analysis of current research on performance of traditional buildings, including an analysis of expertise and skills, in order to inform future research and policies. 

 

We are establishing advocacy routes to key decision-makers involved in the sustainability of the built environment, including the Green Deal, in order to help inform policy development relating to traditional buildings.

 

We have completed a gap analysis of current research on performance of traditional buildings, including an analysis of expertise and skills, in order to inform future research and policies.

 

In addition, the STBA has identified three key areas of immediate concern relating to standards used in the refurbishment of traditional buildings:

  • Government Consultations - We are establishing advocacy routes to key decision-makers involved in the sustainability of the built environment, in order to help inform policy development relating to traditional buildings.
     
  • Standards and Regulations - The STBA has identified three key areas of immediate concern relating to standards used in the refurbishment of traditional buildings: Moisture Risk, Heat Loss and Internal Wall Insulation (IWI)  
     
  • Advocacy - The STBA is also seeking to influence the performance/ delivery of retrofit projects on traditional buildings by working with leading owners of building stock to measure and improve the interventions adopted. So far this work has included work for Blackpool Council and Bristol City Council. 

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