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The presentations will be available below, once the speakers' permission has been given.

Welsh Government policy on decarbonising existing homes - Hannah Blythyn, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Wales


Decarbonised energy supply grids and whole-system flexibility - Oliver Lancaster, Future of Energy Manager, Wales & West Utilities Ltd - download

Sustainability and decarbonisation targets - Nigel Griffiths, STBA - download

Key considerations of the debate - Peter Draper, STBA Sustainability Chair download 


The cost of retrofit – financial and carbon (embodied & in-use) - Harry Paticas, Arboreal Architecture


The shape of retrofit for the future - Peter Rickaby, Energy & sustainability consultant, Chair of the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group, Director of UKCMB at UCL - download 


Whole Life Carbon implications of re-use and recycling historic buildings - Adala Leeson, Head of Social and Economic Research, Historic England. (This presentation will become available once the Historic England embodied carbon research has been published)

A summary of the workshop discussions and conclusions can be downloaded here.



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Presentations - will become available with the speakers permission - click on the title in the right column to download. 

(Please ask the speakers permission if you wish to use any of their pictures.)

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Before the lunch break, our event sponsors, Lime Green Products took part in the Exhibitors Showcase ‘dance-off’ on external insulating renders – alongside Ecological Building Systems, Best of Lime and Vivus Solutions.

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Current UK policy on energy efficiency of buildings - Helene Bartos (BEIS)



Initiatives for improving sustainability of older buildings in Scotland - Moses Jenkins (Historic Environment Scotland)





Emerging retrofit policy in Wales - Chris Jofeh (Arup)





Testing out the whole-house approach - Nigel Griffiths (STBA)



Customised Retrofit, A Practical Approach to Smaller Projects - Marianne Suhr (SPAB) - Images from this presentation are from the new Old House Eco Handbook by Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt, now available.


Reducing plastics in buildings -  Mark Lynn & Katherine Adams (ASBP)






Principles of whole-house retrofit - assessment, materials & installation - Harry Paticas & Bob Prewett, (15:40 Architecture Collective)






Inherent energy efficiency features of traditional buildings

 Robyn Pender (Historic England) 


Whole-life Carbon: Historic England research on embodied carbon Peter Cox (Carrig Conservation International)



Heritage values and energy efficiency in traditional, residential buildings - Kalliopi Fouseki (UCL)

Exhibitors' Showcase - presentations by Ecological Building Systems and Lime Green Products


Presentations from the STBA Advisory Group Meeting, February 2019

Nigel Griffiths, STBA: 

Summary of activities for 2018 and outline of proposed projects for 2019.

John Preston, STBA Heritage Chair: 

Policy Context.

Simon Ayers, TrustMark: 

TrustMark quality mark in relation to PAS2035.

A summary of discussions on the prioties for the coming year - can be downloaded here.


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The notes on the last session - Messages for Industry and the Government" can be downloaded here.

Click on the presentations below to download


Some of the documents discussed at the STBA-SPAB conference can be downloaded here:

- EPCs and the Whole House Approach - a scoping study by the STBA May 2018

- Better Building Partnership guidance to MEES and Heritage Buildings

- Kate de Selincourt's article in Passive House Plus Magazine on Disastrous Preston Retrofit Scheme 

- The SPAB Building Performance Survey interim report (published in December 2017) 

- BS EN 16883:2017 (Conservation of cultural heritage. Guidelines for improving the energy performance of historic buildings) is available to purchase via the BSI website.

- Leeds Beckett research, mentioned by Dr David Glew, is a paper produced from the more comprehensive government report

- The Future of the Past by Neil May formed the basis for our Heritage and Sustainability discussions. You can download the summary here and the full paper here.


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a Conference Review by STBA Associate Technical Director, Nick Heath, can be downloaded here.


Peter Rickaby – Rickaby Thompson Associates and “Each Home Counts” Implementation Board - not yet available

Sadhbh Ní Hógáin, Housing Retrofit Project Manager: London Borough of Haringey

Peter Draper – STBA 

Douglas Kent – SPAB - not yet available

Jo Lugg – National Trust - not yet available

John Preston – The Institute of Historic Building Conservation & STBA Heritage Chair

John Edwards – Chartered Institute of Building

Ian Mawditt – Fourwalls

Simon Corbey – Alliance for Sustainable Building Products

Stephen Hodgson – Property Care Association

Dr Sofie Pelsmakers – Sheffield University - Sofie's presentation is not available but click here for a link to the research paper

Natasha Ginks – De Montfort University- not yet available

Natasha's paper, "Exploring guidance and attitudes of conservation professionals to slim double glazing", 

is available to download for a limited time.

Dr Caroline Rye – Archimetrics, SPAB


Neil May gives impromptu talk at CoRE's Retrofit Live Conference

June 2015

Click on the icon (right) 

to download

2015-06 Neil Mayat CoRE Retrofit Live.pdf
Impromptu talk transcript

STBA Responsible Retrofit Conference with the National Trust's Fit for the Future Network 

3rd June 2015


Session 2 - 


Key Challenges for Responsible Retrofit

Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol
Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol
Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol

Session 3 -

Successfully Understanding and Managing Risks

Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol
Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol
Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol


Session 4 -




Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol
Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol
Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol
Responsible Retrofit Conference, June 2015 Bristol

STBA & SPAB Technical Panel - Energy Efficiency Research Update Conference - 17th June 2014

Notes on the day's proceedings with thanks to Cathie Clarke of Heritage Skills Hub

The Transcript for Neil May's talk

"Heritage and the Philosophy
of Sustainability

The talk can be
downloaded here.


Building Products Magazine, Sept 2014  

An article focusing on external wall insulation retrofit by Neil May 

"There is increasing evidence that much of the external wall insulation of traditional solid wall buildings which has been undertaken in the past few years is failing or is likely to fail in the near future . . . . "

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Click here to see this article