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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*Traditional construction (solid wall) differs significantly  from modern construction in that modern buildings are designed to keep moisture out with layers of impervious materials such as cement and plastic membranes. Traditional buildings however work by using solid semi-permeable materials that can absorb moisture without damage and release it slowly back into the environment as conditions become dryer. Adequate ventilation is a key part of this process. This is often referred to as ‘breathable construction’ and encompasses solid masonry buildings as well as timber framed construction, generally constructed before the First World War.

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Featured News


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BEIS workshops - enter the energy efficiency debate for traditional buildings - June 2019


The STBA's paper on "EPCs and the Whole House Approach” has outlined numerous issues with the use of EPCs to drive Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEES), especially for traditional buildings. The government's proposal to require all private rented homes to meet EPC Band C by 2030 is of particular concern.

With a view to a consultation in the autumn of 2019, BEIS is exploring policy design options and will be running regional stakeholder workshops to discuss options. They are is organising a series of events (see below) and the best way to call the attention of the government to the issues is to attend one of these meetings and make your views known. 

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any other aspect of the current proposals for the built environment. 

 

To sign up for one of the workshops, click on the event:

If you can’t attend a workshop, there is a webinar on 11 July 2019 from 10.30am to 12.00. Register here to join the webinar or email prstrajectoryfeedback@beis.gov.uk

 

 


New PAS 2035/2030:2019 - June 2019


The standard on requirements for the installation of energy efficiency measures (EEM) in existing buildings is now available via the BSI website.



Whole-House Retrofit – STBA project with Melin Homes


The STBA is piloting a large-scale Whole-House retrofit project under the BEIS Building Thermal Efficiency Innovation Fund initiative. Working with Melin Homes, on 30-40 of their traditional houses in Wales, we are developing survey templates and installer training using the Whole-House approach.


The initial survey is key to the success of whole-house retrofit; in addition to thermal performance, the survey templates will cover the condition of the building fabric and services, ventilation and indoor air quality as well as context and heritage value.


Alongside the electronic surveys, we are developing training for surveyors/assessors. These will form part of a bespoke suite of measures with detailed designs, addressing health and heritage as well as energy use. Following further testing, the process and supporting methodology will be released as a toolkit for industry use across the UK.




Historic Environment Policy for Scotland 

May 2019


The new Historic Environment Policy for Scotland comes into use on 1st May 2019 and replaces Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

 

Download via the HES website.

 

 

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Forthcoming Events

 

Date for your diaries: 


Our Autumn event will take place on 23rd October 2019 in Wales.


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Upcoming Events by Others: 

 


The Prince's Foundation Summer School

  • 15 July-3 August, London & Ayrshire

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Traditional Building Retrofit: Case Studies - Green Register half-day seminar led by STBA's Nick Heath

 

Due to popular demand, this course has been designed as a follow up to Nick Heath's "Retrofitting Traditional Buildings" course. 
  • 25 September 2019, Bristol
  • 13 November 2019, London

 

Retrofitting Traditional Buildings - 1-day Green Register course led by STBA's Nick Heath

 

One-day technical training events, run by STBA Supporting Organisation, The Green Register, and led by STBA Technical Director, Nicholas Heath. 

 

Upcoming date(s):

  • 2 October 2019, London
  • 11 December 2019, Manchester
  • 11 March 2020, Bristol
  • 9 June 2020, Glasgow

 

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ESC Seminars on PAS 2035 - Retrofitting Homes for Energy Efficiency

 

Seminars, presented by John Edwards, focusing on the new UK specification for the retrofitting of dwellings

  • London TBC
  • Swansea TBC
  • Manchester 22 October 2019
  • Glasgow 23 October 2019

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CIOB - Understanding Building Conservation

  • 25-26 September 2019, London
  • 8-9 October 2019, Belfast

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Just How Much Carbon Are Your Buildings Responsible For? ASBP/Green Register half-day event

 

Topics include: updated tools and databases that you can use to reduce the embodied and whole life carbon in your buildings, the latest policy developments & guidance as well as embodied carbon research findings from Historic England.

 

  • 24 October 2019, Bristol 

 

 

 


Driving up Quality in Domestic Retrofit - Green Register bite-size events

 

Peter Rickaby presents an update on the Each Home Counts review and PAS 2035.

 

Bite-size talks from 17.00 to 19.00:

  • 17 October 2019, Manchester

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ESC - Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings

 

 

A two-day course run by ESC in conjunction with CITB National Construction College.

  • 2-3 September 2019, London
  • 19-20 November 2019, Edinburgh
  • 25-26 November 2019, Manchester
  • 9-10 December 2019, Cardiff
  • Belfast TBC

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CIOB - Project Management and Supervision: Historic & Traditional Buildings

 

A 1-day course, led by John Edwards.

  • 31 Oct 2019, London

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Roof, Walls and Floors: Best Practice Refurbishment solutions for residential projects

 

A half-day seminar from Green Register & Ecological Building Systems.

  • 7 November 2019 - Groundwork - The Eco Centre, Newcastle
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Guidance


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Whole House Retrofit: a short paper that sets out the background to the development of the whole house approach, then examines the various levels of retrofit which are often described as whole house but in reality most fall far short. 

 

The STBA’s optimal approach (Responsible Retrofit) is explained, together with a final section which looks forward to a vision of transformative retrofit and the role that it could play in delivering a truly sustainable society for the 21st century. 


What-is-Whole-House-Retrofit-Dec2016.pdf
Whole House Retrofit

Planning Responsible Retrofit: 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


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.


Bristolians' Solid Wall Insulation Guidance: Solid-wall insulation guide and video developed for those living in Bristol to help them make more informed decisions about how to insulate their homes.  This guidance is now used by professionals as well as homeowners all over the UK.

2015_bristolsolidwallinsulationguidance.pdf
Bristolian Solid Wall Insulation Guidance

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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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