News Archive 2016


 

Responsible Retrofit Training for 

Bristol Installers and Designers

February 2016


Bristol City Council recognises the need for both written retrofit guidance and skilled people to make this happen.


Following on from our ‘Bristolian’s Guide to Solid Wall Insulation’, we are developing Responsible Retrofit training courses with the Council, covering both external and internal wall insulation.   We are currently piloting separate courses for installers and for designers, the first of these (a 2-day EWI for installers) taking place at the end of February. 


The courses are designed to give practical help for the different types of construction and situations encountered in Bristol.  To this end, a dedicated training rig has been built for the first pilot. 


The courses will culminate in a test to ascertain whether or not the desired level of knowledge and competence has been achieved.    Site visits and other quality assurance will follow.  


The aim of these courses is to give successful installers and designers a new Bristol Kitemark, a sign of quality assurance for both householders and the Council.




Better Buildings Partnership

Heritage Buildings Event

February 2016 

 

In February, our CEO, Neil May, addressed the Heritage Buildings Working Group of the Better Buildings Partnership, discussing the STBA Guidance Wheel and STBA guidance for Responsible Retrofit.  Neil was pleased to engage with those involved with large portfolios of traditional buildings and learn more about the work of the Better Buildings Partnership.


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Event hosted by Dr Alan Whitehead MP
Ensuring Quality Retrofit  

March 2016


Ensuring quality retrofit:
how can we make solid wall insulation work all the time, every time?


We are looking forward to attending this event, hosted by Dr Alan Whitehead MP (Shadow Minister for Energy) at Westminster on 16 March.  Organised by Sustainable Homes, this will be an opportunity to discuss the evidence, talk about potential solutions and debate a way forward.


More information on the Sustainable Homes website

 

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Arboreal win CIBSE Performance Award

February 2016


STBA Affiliates, Arboreal Architecture, have won the CIBSE Performance Award, Project of the Year - Residential, for their retrofit of a Listed building in Clapham.  


This project shows that, with the right expertise and attention to a whole-house retrofit strategy, modern standards of comfort and thermal efficiency can be achieved without detriment to heritage features.


The Clapham retrofit is an exemplar project given in the Green Register courses: Retrofitting Traditional Buildings - Principles & Practice given by STBA's Technical Director, Nick Heath.  See our events page for more.

For more about the project, see www.arborealarchitecture.com


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Scoping Study into Unintended Consquences 

of Climate Mitigation Policies

February 2016


DECC has commissioned Aether UK to carry out a four-month scoping study to provide a comprehensive overview and synthesis of existing and planned research on co-benefits and possible adverse side-effects of climate mitigation, and to make recommendations for further research. 


We are optimistic that this will highlight some of the problems that have long been flagged up by Clive Shrubsole of UCL, Neil May of the STBA as well as Colin King of BRE (amongst others), namely, the unintended consequences of inappropriate retrofit measures.


Further reading:

Also of interest, a report by the Royal College of Physicians: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution


More information on the Aether scopying study:

http://www.aether-uk.com/news/co-benefits-of-climate-mitigation/




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Presentation slide courtesy 

of Colin King, BRE.

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DECC's Priorities for the Next Four Years

February 2016

 

DECC’s has set out its priorities, as follows:

  1. Security and Resilience: ensure the UK has a secure and resilient energy system
  2. Keeping bills low: keep energy bills as low as possible for households and businesses
  3. Decarbonisation: secure ambitious international action on climate change and reduce carbon emissions cost-effectively at home
  4. Energy legacy: manage the UK’s energy legacy safely and responsibly 

The plan includes:


"Support for households: Energy efficiency measures can also help consumers reduce their demand and lower their energy costs. We will support low-cost measures on energy efficiency with the goal of insulating a million more homes before the end of this Parliament, where possible focussing domestic energy efficiency schemes at those in greatest need."

 

"We have a fuel poverty target to ensure that as many fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band E by 2020, and Band C, by 2030. The bespoke fuel poverty energy efficiency rating methodology is used for this purpose."


More on the DECC website.



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Historic Environment Scotland Wins 

WWF Climate Change Award

March 2016


Historic Environment Scotland has received the WWF Scotland Public Body Champion Award. The award is given in recognition of Historic Environment Scotland’s commitment to tackling climate change, and supporting WWF’s Earth Hour. More information on the Historic Scotland website


A related blog on the work of Historic Environment Scotland - Making Europe’s Historic Buildings More Energy Efficient  - can be seen on Historic Scotland's The Climate Change Blog. Click here.



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New STBA Chairs Appointed

January 2016

 

We have three Chairs, chosen from our Supporting Organisations, with backgrounds in Sustainability, Heritage and Industry.  Last year Roger Curtis (Historic Environment Scotland) and Neil May (our CEO) stepped down after several years of valuable assistance in their roles. We are now welcoming two new Chairs.

 

Sam Allwinkle of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists continues as our Industry Chair and is joined by Peter Draper of Rounded Development Enterprises, as Sustainability Chair, and John Preston of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, the new Heritage Chair (see IHBC news item - http://ihbconline.co.uk/newsachive/?p=12070)

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The Retrofit Academy

February 2016


Following the regrettable closure of CoRE (Centre of Retrofit Excellence) The Retrofit Academy is continuing to offer courses and guidance.  This includes a continuation of the Retrofit Coordinator Diploma Course. 


More information about The Retrofit Academy on their website.   

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'Unintended Consquences' 

by Colin King & Caroline Weeks

April 2016

 

‘Designing Out Unintended Consequences When Undertaking Solid Wall Insulation’ – by Colin King & Caroline Weeks – is available from 31 March 2016 in paperback (£25) & pdf (£30).

 

The STBA Moisture Risk Assessment and Guidance, referred to in this publication is available for download free - click here.

 

More information about 'Unintended Consequences' on the BRE Bookshop website.

 

 

 

Home Energy Efficiency & Demand Reduction Report 

March 2016


The Select Committee on Energy & Climate Change issued their report on Home Energy Efficiency in March.  At first glance: 

 

"It is crucial that the Government establishes a long-term framework for energy efficiency by taking the following actions:

  • Re-introduce a range of options and incentives for ‘able-to-pay’ households;
  • Reconsider using the new supplier obligation to tackle fuel poverty;
  • Empower local authorities to deliver energy efficiency programmes and;
  • Ensure new homes won’t require future costly retrofits by reinstating the zero carbon homes policy.

This includes the continuation of ECO for another 2 years. Following this there will be a transition period for the (possible) introduction of a new Supplier Obligation. "The Department must immediately launch a consultation on the design of the new supplier obligation to be introduced in 2019."

 

With regard to the recommendation for Local Authority-led energy efficiency programmes, the success of the guidance and training developed for Bristol Council encourage us to believe that this is the way forward.  (see Bristolians' Solid Wall Insulation Guidance & Training, above)

 

more . . . .



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SPAB Briefing on Windows & Doors

March 2016


The third in series of SPAB's Briefings, This is entitled 'Windows and Doors' and is edited by Roger Hunt.  Roger also presents SPAB's courses, "Old House Eco Course" and "Retrofitting Domestic Properties" along with Marianne Suhr.     


Click here to download.

 



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PRS - Tenants’ Energy Efficiency Improvements Provisions 

March 2016


DECC has published the ‘Private Rented Sector Tenants’ Energy Efficiency Improvements Provisions’ This guidance provides an overview of the steps a tenant must take when preparing a consent request for their landlord, the steps a landlord must take when considering a tenant’s request.


Download here. 




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Retrofit for Builders Conference

22nd April 2016, Brighton

 

Colin King and John Edwards will be among the top speakers at this conference and exhibition at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on 22nd April 2016.

 

The Federation of Master Builders is offering this free, 1-day conference to builders and anyone with a business interest in the Retrofit of domestic properties  You do not have to be a 'Master Builder' to book your place. 

 

Exhibitors include Mike Wye Associates, the Environment Study Centre and The Retrofit Academy 



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The 2016 PCA Conference - Moisture in Buildings

12th May, Cambridge

 

STBA's Neil May and Nicholas Heath are among the speakers at the 2016 Property Care Association Conference. 

 

The three topics to be discussed are:  

  • Resilience 
  • Emerging Challenges 
  • Mould & Air Quality

Under 'Emerging Challenges', Neil will be talking about the new UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings and the reasons for its creation and future goals, and Nick will discuss external wall insulation and its use in retrofit.  In addition, Colin King will be talking 'Unintended Consequences' (see below).

 

Download the conference programme here.

 

Full details about the conference on the PCA website.


 

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STBA Guidance for CE in Wales

April 2016 


Constructing Excellence in Wales promotes the use of STBA's guidance to progress its programme to develop skills and work practices which complement Responsible Retrofit.  It seeks to promote best practice in retrofit works and continued learning from existing schemes.


CE Wales, backed by the Welsh Government, acts as a link between Welsh Government, construction clients and the construction industry to improve construction processes through greater collaboration between the parties and the adoption of innovative and sustainable practices.

 

The following can be downloaded via the CEWales website: Responsible Retrofit Guidance and The STBA Wheel interactive guidance programme. Or via our Resources page.


See the CE Wales website for more information.


Retrofitting the 1 in 3,  the Traditional Buildings of Wales.  Right across Wales, there are works required to nearly ½ million traditionally built houses and buildings, to ensure their continued use within the built environment – for the sake of the buildings themselves and the people of Wales that occupy them. Colin King of BRE, John Edwards of Edwards Hart and Constructing Excellence in Wales are on the road to show the country and industry what is needed and how to take a holistic approach. This will include the latest research findings from BRE on Unintended Consequences

 



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RIBA President's Awards for Research

April 2016

 

This year's categories include 'History and Theory'.  Submissions are invited from historians, theorists and practitioners whose work has relevance to the history and theory of the practice, culture and profession of architecture most broadly conceived.

 

The RIBA President’s Awards for Research promote and celebrate the best of research in the field of architecture and the built environment that contributes to new knowledge and understanding in architecture and the practice of architecture.

 

Closing date for entries 30th June 2016. More on the RIBA website.



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Launch of  UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings 

May 2016

 

The UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings has been set up in response to the substantial building problems (including health of occupants and the building fabric) caused by excessive or insufficient moisture. 

 

The UKCMB will address the issues of:

  • very limited research in the UK on moisture in buildings, 
  • a lack of focus and coherence in regulation, policy & guidance, 
  • minimal public and industry understanding of moisture risks and how to deal with them.  
STBA's CEO, Neil May, set up the centre with the support of UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. and is theUKCMB's Managing Director. 

More information about UKCMB to follow!

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IHBC Yorkshire, - Retrofit Insulation event

May 2016


Nick Heath (STBA Associate Technical Director) and John Preston (STBA Heritage Chair) attended a meeting of IHBC Yorkshire earlier this month.  


The theme for the meeting was ‘Retrofit Insulation, Traditional Buildings’ and John Preston gave a presentation on the Impact of Retrofit insulation on traditional Buildings. Nick Heath’s presentation was entitled Solid Wall Insulation Research – issues on guidance.


For more about the event, see Bryan Hindle’s blog. (Photo courtesy of Preservation Expert)



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PCA Conference - Moisture in Buildings

May 2016

 

We were very pleased to join our Affiliates, the Property Care Association, at their recent Conference in Cambridge focusing on the important issue of Moisture in Buildings.  All three sessions – Resilience, Mould & Air Quality and Emerging Challenges – were well received by delegates and it was under the last of these themes that our Neil May and Nick Heath spoke.

 

Neil informed delegates about the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings, the reasons for its creation and future goals and Nick Heath’s presentation focused on the use of external wall insulation in retrofit.

 

Also speaking at the event was BRE’s Colin King who talked about unintended consequences of retrofit works, Dr Hector Altermarino (Mould in buildings: implications and causes in occupied spaces) and Caoimhin Connell (A perspective on mould from the USA. Debunking misinformation about the causes, implications and remediation).

 

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National Trust and FMB Training Programme Launched - 2016

 

Focused on traditional buildings, the National Trust and the Federation of Master Builders have teamed up with the Environment Study Centre to deliver specialist energy efficiency retrofit training across England and Wales. This two-day course delivers a qualification and is independently accredited by the Scottish Qualification Authority.


John Edwards, who represents the CIOB on the STBA Steering Group, will deliver the training which includes the latest innovation and research by Historic England, STBA and others.  The course takes a holistic approach and identifies the many other ways in which buildings can be made more energy efficient and sustainable before contemplating retrofit.

Head of Buildings at the National Trust, Rory Cullen said: “The National Trust may have many fine country mansions but it also has thousands of small dwellings, many of which are not listed”. Rory added: “We would like to see as many of our people as possible take part in this training and believe that only by improving our knowledge, will we properly and safely improve our valuable buildings”.


The course is being offered as a subsidised rate due to funding from CITB. For more information and to book please visit the Environment Study Centre website: https://environmentstudycentre.org/

 

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History at Your Feet - SPAB

June 2016


To highlight the often overlooked parts of heritage buildings, namely the floors, SPAB have introduced a summer campaign to encourage people to #lookdown. Obliteration of ancient fabric is happening with alarming frequency. Although often well-intentioned, brutal work is being carried out under the guise of ‘improvement’ with little or no regard given to the aesthetic or historic significance and interest of a floor and its importance to the integrity of a building or place. Irreversible damage is being caused by lack of understanding. Interventions involving floors in both religious and secular buildings across the country has convinced the Society that this is a subject of concern and something that should be brought to the attention of a wider audience.


More on the SPAB website.  And see SPAB's top 20 floors on their blog.


To coincide with the History at your feet campaign, SPAB have issued How to care for old floors. Available for download here.


For more information about the SPAB seminar on the care and repair of old floors seminar (15th November) on our events page.


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News from Historic Environment Scotland

June 2016


Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has recently announced investments of over £1.7 million to repair historic buildings around Scotland. Funding has been awarded to seven projects across the country, and includes a £500,000 boost to help Dundee Museum of Transport renovate the former Maryfield Tram Depot. In the early 1900s the B-Listed red brick building housed the city’s trams, part of a popular network that operated for 79 years. After the last tram left the building in 1956, Maryfield became home to a fleet of buses, cementing its position as an important part of the city’s industrial and social heritage.  More . . . 


You may also have noticed a new logo for Historic Environment Scotland (see right) and those looking for Technical Papers and Case Studies on the new HES new website can find the links below: 


For the Technical Papers click here : https://www.historicenvironment.scot/archives-and-research/publications/?publication_type=30&q=


The Case Studies can be found here : https://www.historicenvironment.scot/archives-and-research/publications/?publication_type=31&q=

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A terrace house in Hiley Road, London has achieved the ultra-low retrofit standard of EmerPHit (Passivhaus standard).  

 

The designers for this project were Eco Design Consultants.  


To the right are photos of the property before and after the retrofit.  Although certain features were lost, the character of building was retained.

 

Details of the project are available on their website.

 

 

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London Victorian house achieves Passivhaus standard 

May 2016



STBA Responsible Retrofit Masterclasses

June 2016


The STBA Responsible Retrofit Masterclasses commenced in June and was well received by over 20 people who attended the IWI class.  The trainers, Neil May and Valentina Marincioni, covered the physics, the evidence and the strategies to reduce risk of internal wall insulation in solid wall buildings.

 

Delegates found the presentations “interesting and informative” and would have liked to hear more from the presenters as well as from others at the event.  In response to this, we are looking at the format of the Masterclasses and are making adjustments before the next in the London series, Ventilation, Energy Efficiency and Older Buildings on 6th September with Ian Mawditt.  Due to the changes, the July Masterclass (Surveying Retrofitted Buildings) is postponed until the Autumn.

 

The Responsible Retrofit series forms part of the STBA’s introduction to the whole-house approach to retrofit.  Without consideration of the building physics, context and condition of an existing building, isolated retrofit measures are doomed to failure.  Whilst each Masterclass focuses on a particular aspect of retrofit, delegates learn how it becomes part of the whole-house approach, essential for achieving energy efficiency, health and preserving our heritage.

 

Following the IWI talks, Johnny Winter of Cullinan Studio gave a presentation about the Foundry building - the venue for the London Masterclasses.  Cullinans converted this three-storey Victorian warehouse into a mixed use complex, part of which forms their offices. The award-winning project falls within a conservation area on the Regents Canal.  Both the south brick wall facing the canal and the original timber roof trusses are locally listed. - See more on their website. http://cullinanstudio.com/project/foundry.


Our thanks to Enviroform Solutions for sponsoring the drinks & networking event that followed.

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Paper on Reveals and IWI now Published


The paper on “estimating the impact of reveals on the transmission heat transfer coefficient of internally insulated solid wall dwellings” has now been published and is available by clicking here for the link.


The authors are from the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, UCL: Valentina Marincioni, Hector Altamirano-Medina & STBA’s Neil May, as well as Chris Sanders of Glasgow Caledonian University.



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IHBC (NW) Conference

6 October, 2016 Liverpool 

 

The 2016 conference of the North West branch of The Insitute for Historic Building Conservation is entitled ‘Home is where the heart is: Meeting housing need in historic buildings and areas’, which will take place on'.

 

Our Associate Technical Director, Nicholas Heath will be speaking at this event that will explore the challenges of designing new homes within historic areas, consider how to sensitively adapt and convert historic buildings to meet the needs of existing and future occupants, as well as highlighting examples of best practice both locally and nationally.

 

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Balancing Heritage & Building Performance,  Architects Journal, September 2016


Bloomsbury House, recently shortlisted in the 2016 AJ Retrofit Awards, manages to find an equilibrium between architectural preservation and building performance in a constraint-ridden upgrade that could easily have ended in a clash between historic conservation and comfort.


The client enlisted Prewett Bizley Architects with initial aspirations of a Passivhaus retrofit – no small ambition for an 18th-century Grade II-listed Georgian terrace located in London’s Bloomsbury Conservation Area.


Read the whole article, by Yogini Patel: Architects Journal.


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Welsh Government Consultation on 

Planning Policy Wales

Chapter 6: The Historic Environment

 

Paragraph 6.2.3 stated that "Local planning authorities should seek to reuse or modify historic assets in order to reduce carbon emissions, secure sustainable development and respond to the impact of climate change.” STBA’s response focussed on this paragraph and made the following points:

  • Sustainability is about much more than carbon emissions and the narrow focus on the climate change agenda risks ignoring the many other aspects of sustainability which are important

  • The means of measurement and assessment are central to the argument – if the assessment of historic assets is reduced to measuring emissions from buildings in use, and a system based on SAP or EPCs is employed, then the results will be false.

  • Any work carried out to historic assets to reduce their emissions will of itself have an impact. In the short or even medium term this may outweigh the savings actually achieved. It is therefore essential to include embodied impacts in any assessment of potential savings

  • Paragraph 6.2.3 goes on to mention renewable energy. This is a complex topic and each location offers different possibilities. In terms of reducing emissions alone, it may be better in some cases to rely on existing gas and electric networks but to make investments in renewable energy elsewhere.

  • Every historic asset is different and requires bespoke and expert attention in devising strategies to ensure that they remain sustainable, based on an understanding of the pathology of old buildings and a “whole-building approach” 

 

Click on the icon below for the full response

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 The Damp Busters - SPAB National Maintenance Week 18-25 November 2016 


Commencing on Friday 18th November, and culminating on National Gutters Day, (25th November) this autumn SPAB’s annual National Maintenance Week will focus on damp.


Damp is the most common and damaging cause of deterioration affecting buildings of all types and rain penetration is usually the culprit. The experts on SPAB’s free helpline report that damp is the most frequent cause for concern raised by callers.

 

As part of National Maintenance Week 2016 The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings  will be offering a free download, gathering together the Society’s most practical and up-to date advice.

 

SPAB’s damp-busting theme is part of a wider campaign to encourage homeowners (and those who care for public buildings such as churches, village halls and local authority properties), to be aware of the easily achievable, economic maintenance tasks they can take at the beginning of winter to stave off costly major faults and damage at a later date. 

 


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Falkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative 

Courses and Training 2016-2017

 

Events by the Falkirk THI include Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings with Historic Environment Scotland on 1st February 2017.

 

Falkirk THI is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic Environment Scotland, Falkirk Council, and the Falkirk BID. Between 2013 and 2018 we plan to invest £5.5 million in the town centre with the aim of helping to regenerate the area through investing in its unique and rich heritage. 

 

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CIOB Building Conservation Course and 

Certification Scheme - November 2016

 

The first CIOB Academy building conservation course, ‘Understanding Building Conservation’ took place in London in November 2016.  The course, led by John Edwards of Edwards Hart consultancy, is based around the ICOMOS training and education guidelines and is delivered in the context of the latest British Standard BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings and include sustainability and energy efficiency.

 

The course enables delegates to apply for recognition of your skills and experience in the forthcoming CIOB Building Conservation Certification Scheme in 2017.

 

Further information and course dates on the CIOB Academy website


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Consultation on changes to SAP

November 2016 to January 2017

 

The default u-value used in SAP for solid walls is currently 2.10W/m2K. The current consultation on revisions to SAP suggests reducing this to 1.70W/m2K. This is still slightly higher than indicated by the recent reports from UCL and BRE, but it would still a very significant and welcome change for several reasons:

  • The savings from solid wall insulation have been overestimated so Government policy on retrofit may now focus on more cost-effective measures within a whole building approach.  
  • SAP scores of traditional buildings will improve and this may have an impact on their EPC ratings.
  • Under the Private Rented Sector legislation from 2018 it will be illegal to let out properties with an EPC worse than E.

We urge all our members to respond and support this proposed change. The consultation closes on 27thJanuary 2017.  Click here.


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French version of STBA Guidance Wheel

November 2016

 

Following meetings with STBA back in 2014, the French Government realised the need to set up a similar body to the STBA in France. The CREBA platform for the responsible retrofit of traditional buildings has now been established – the official announcement was made on 4 November at the European Biennale of Urban Heritage, during the symposium on Historic Town Centres in Cahors.


 As an early project, CREBA plans to translate the STBA’s Guidance Wheel into French – with our support and collaboration.

 

Members of the project consortium are CEREMA in Strasbourg, the School of Architecture in Toulouse, Arts et Metiers in Paris, Maisons Paysannes, and the heritage organisation Sites & Cités remarquables de France ANVPAH.

 

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Sustainability & Adaptation Seminar, Birmingham City University - November 2016


Our Director Nigel Griffiths presented the work of the STBA to a group of mid-career professionals (conservation officers, surveyors, archaeologists) studying for an MA in Conservation of the Historic Environment at Birmingham City University. 


The organiser (Harriet Devlin, MBE) not only had all STBA’s publications on display, but also all the relevant technical reports and guidance  from Historic Environment Scotland, SPAB and Historic England.

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The Bonfield Review is published

December 2016

 

The Bonfield Review, "Each Home Counts" was published before Christmas.  The Review Team invites feedback on the recommendations and related proposals for action - deadline 31st January 2017. We shall be responding following discussions with our three chairs from Heritage, Industry and Sustainability.

 

Peter Bonfield will be speaking about the Review at our inaugural meeting of the STBA Advisory Group on 21st February 2017, when we shall be welcoming the views our Supporting Orgnisations, Affiliate Members and the Expert Panel of Experts.

 

Click here.



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Scottish House Condition Survey

December 2016


The Scottish Government has issued its Scottish House Condition Survey 2015


Amongst its findings is the need for proper maintenance of traditional buildings. In 2015 68% of pre-1919 homes had some ‘critical disrepair’, defined as ‘building disrepair central to weather-tightness, structural stability and preventing deterioration of the property’.


The STBA has long recognised the impact of disrepair on both the thermal performance and heritage value of buildings.  In 2017 we will commence our 'Memory & Maintenance' programme to highlight the issues.



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What is Whole House Retrofit

November 2016


This short paper 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. 


Download here.