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


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STBA & Heritage groups warn government over flawed approach to retrofitting older homes - November 2018

 

The STBA joined together with multiple heritage organisations -including STBA members, the National Trust, IHBC and SPAB - to write to the Government to emphasise that the one-size-fits-all approach to energy efficiency fails to recognise the unique nature of heritage properties.

The letter explains that policy to address the energy efficiency of the nation’s building stock is overly simplistic and designed from the perspective of modern construction and materials, ignoring fundamental building physics, resulting in inappropriate and potentially damaging measures.

 

 

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Heritage, Environment & Industry: Common Ground and Conflicts‬ 

November 2017


We would like to thank all those who joined us for our Sustainability & Heritage event at the end of November. The event got the ball rolling for this important programme by engaging with people from heritage, the environment and industry – but this is just the start of an ongoing discussion.

 

We will be distributing a summary of the conclusions to our members and all who attended - continuing the discussion via email. We will then provide an update and move the subject forward at further events during 2018.


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PRS Domestic Property Minimum Standard Guidance and SAP Updates  - November 2017


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

 

From April 2018 it will become illegal to let out a property with an EPC rating worse than “E”.

EPCs are based on RdSAP, itself derived from SAP - the Standard Assessment Procedure.

 

Following pressure from the STBA and other organisations, the recent updates to SAP included a much needed change in the default u-value for solid walls from 2.10W/m2K to 1.70W/m2K. Although this remains higher than the evidence suggests, this change is significant because EPC rating of some traditional buildings may improve as a result.

 

This change is also important because savings from solid wall insulation have been overestimated in the past due to the incorrect default value. Assessment of retrofit measures and packages of measures can  now be carried out on a more realistic basis.


Tamara Dimova, Energy Efficiency Policy Adviser at BEIS will be our guest speaker at the Advisory Group Meeting in February.


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Building a market for energy efficiency: call for evidence - January 2018

 

The government is seeking evidence and views on additional measures and incentives that could encourage home-owners to invest in energy efficiency improvements.

 

This consultation closes on 9th January 2018 and we urge our members and Supporting Organisations to respond. The STBA will be submitting a response so to have an input here please contact Nigel Griffiths (nigel@stbauk.org).

 

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Events

STBA Advisory Group meeting, London -

20 February 2018


Our 2018 Members Advisory Group meeting will be held from 16.00 to 18.00 on 20th February 2018 at our offices in Islington - The Foundry, 5 Baldwin Terrace, London N1 7RU


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.


A guest speaker from BEIS - Tamara Dimova, Energy Efficiency Policy Adviser - will share her thoughts on current policy issues such as ECO and  the PRS legislation coming into force in April 2018.


Book your place by emailing debbie@stbauk.org


 

Upcoming Events by Others:

 


ASBP Healthy Buildings Conference & Expo

  • 14th February
See the ASBP website for details


 

 


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Guidance

'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.

2015_bristolsolidwallinsulationguidance.pdf
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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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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