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STBA Members' Workshop -

Heritage, Environment & Industry: Common Ground and Conflicts‬ 

29th November, London

 

In advance of the main Sustainability & Heritage debate - that was due to take place in November - we shall be holding a members' workshop to define the debate focus of this vast topic. This will narrow down the issues to be discussed to enable practical progress for the sustainability of older buildings.

 

On 29th November we shall be holding a seminar and workshop to identify areas where this conflict exists, and to explore ways in which it can be resolved, including perhaps a different way of approaching the discipline of sustainability. There will be brief keynote addresses from representatives of heritage, industry and sustainability. After a short discussion, delegates will split into smaller groups to tackle a series of key questions before reconvening as a larger group to discuss the results.

 

Time & Date: 14.00-18.00, Wednesday 29th November 2017

Venue: The Foundry, 5 Baldwin Terrace, London N1 7RU


This event is open to our Members (free) and Supporting Organisations (£25+VAT) - Bookings via Eventbrite


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PRS Domestic Property Minimum Standard Guidance  - October 2017


From April 2018 it will become illegal to let out a property with an EPC rating worse than “E”.  The PRS guidance for non-domestic properties was published some time ago and is available here


The Domestic Private Rented Property Minimum Standard - Guidance for landlords and Local Authorities has now also been published. 


Click on the icon below to download.

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PRS Domestic Property Guidance

 

One of the key factors is, of course, how the energy efficiency of buildings is assessed. The flawed SAP assessment method is being updated and we look forward to seeing - in November - what changes have been made in relation to older buildings. 

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Each Home Counts Workstreams - Getting Involved

 

The STBA is engaging with several of the Each Home Counts workstreams. We are working to ensure that the particular needs of traditional buildings are included.

  • Nigel Griffiths serves on the Standards Group

  • Sam Allwinkle on Training

  • Nick Heath on Design & Installation

We would be interested to hear from our members who are attending other groups - if you are involved, please let Nigel know.



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APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings 

Consultation period for Green Paper

 

The second meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings was held in July and was attended by several of our members including NBT and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products.  

 

The agenda for this meeting was to discuss the role and purpose of the APPG and its objectives for the coming parliament. This includes the preparation for a Healthy Homes and Buildings Green Paper (Building our Future Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings). A draft of this is available to download and you can see the ASBP response here.

 

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Date for your diary - 20 February 2018

STBA Advisory Group Meeting, London

 

Our members and Supporting Organisations are invited to join us to discuss priorities for 2018. We shall outline our plans for the future and look forward to receiving your input on what is important for the year.


This will be held, as usual, at our offices in Islington.

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Events


STBA Members' Workshop -

Heritage, Environment & Industry: Common Ground and Conflicts‬ 

  • 29th November, London

Date for your diaries - 

STBA Members' Advisory Group Meeting in London


  • 20th February 2018

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Upcoming Events by Others:

 


ASBP's Natural Fibre Insulation CPD Series, London

 

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

  • 26th October
  • 23rd November

Discounts (Partners rate) for STBA members.

 See the ASBP website for details.  

 

 

 

UK Passivhaus Conference, London

  • 24th October

Discounts for STBA members

Details on Passivhaus Trust website.

 

 

CIOB: Understanding Building Conservation 

 

2-day course in London, led by John Edwards 

  • 14-15 November 2017

More on CIOB Academy website . . . 

 

 

 

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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 by clicking on the icon below.

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Bristolian Solid Wall Insulation Guidance
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 Neil May (UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings) 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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