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

 

Several leading heritage organisations have formed an alliance to raise concerns with the Government over the way ‘flawed’ energy efficiency policy treats traditional buildings.

 

The CLA – the membership organisation representing rural landlords – has joined together with others including the Church of England and the National Trust to write to the Government to explain that the one-size-fits-all approach to energy efficiency fails to recognise the unique nature of heritage properties.

 

 

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Heritage, Environment & Industry: Common Ground and Conflicts‬ 

November 2017


Thank you to 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.

 

Nigel Griffiths is writing a summary of what was discussed on the 29th and the key areas where we can collectively make a difference. With the government encouraging industry to take the lead - in particular for retrofit - is it essential that we can find a common voice and alternatives to purely industry-led solutions. Only in this way can we create a truly sustainable traditional built environment.

 

Further Heritage and Sustainability events are planned for the future - and we hope this will give many more the opportunity to join us for these discussions. 

 


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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”. 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 the Government response to its consultation includes, in Annex A:

 

“We agree that the wide range of construction techniques and materials used to build pre-1919 dwellings and the lack of large datasets on their performance makes this area challenging. We have made some adjustments to Appendices S and T to reflect this, such as new u-values for solid walls.”

 

We are currently reviewing the changes to RdSAP and the implications for traditiional buildings.

 


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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


Zero Carbon Yorkshire Buildings meet-up - Leeds


  • 15th January 2018

Our Technical Associate Director, Nick Heath, will be speaking at this event at the Leeds Beckett University City Campus from 18.00 to 20.00.


 

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Date for your diaries - 

STBA Members' Advisory Group Meeting in London


  • 20th February 2018

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Upcoming Events by Others:

 


ASBP Healthy Buildings Conference & Expo

  • 14th February
See the ASBP website for details


 

 

 

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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.

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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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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