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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Sustainability & Heritage Autumn Event

POSTPONED!

 
How can older buildings continue to make a positive contribution to the sustainability of the built environment? The response to this topic at the recent STBA-SPAB Conference has encouraged us to provide further opportunities to look into this subject more deeply. See the discussion so far in the Conference Review.

 
In advance of the main debate - that was due to be held 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.
 

STBA Members' Workshop -

Heritage, Environment & Industry: Common Ground and Conflicts‬ 


The members' workshop - Heritage, Environment & Industry: Common Ground and Conflicts‬ will take place in London towards the end of the year and will include a festive drink or two. 

 

Further information coming soon.


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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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Private Rented Sector Legislation 

 

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 has already been published and is available here. The Domestic guidance has been drafted but not yet published.

 

There is a particular issue relating to whether or not listed buildings are legally exempt from the requirement to have an EPC at the point of sale or let.

 

Resolution of this issue rests with DCLG but we understand that their efforts are currently focused on dealing with the aftermath of the Grenfell disaster and it may yet be some time before they produce a further guidance note on listed buildings. 



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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

 

Comments are invited, in writing by 30 September 2017 to hhbappg@devoconnect.co.uk.

 

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Events


STBA Members' Workshop -

Heritage, Environment & Industry: Common Ground and Conflicts‬ 

 

This members' workshop will take place in London towards the end of the year and will include a festive drink or two. 

 

Further information coming soon.

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Upcoming Events by Others:

 

 

Embodied Carbon: To Rebuild or To Retrofit?

 

Fit for the Future Members and ASBP members' event.

  •  22nd September

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CIOB: Understanding Building Conservation 

 

2-day course in London, led by John Edwards 

  • 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 

  • 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.

 

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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 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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