Responsible Retrofit Guidance

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The STBA Guide to Planning Responsible Retrofit.pdf
STBA Guide 1

Planning Responsible Retrofit 

This guide sets out some basic definitions and then explains the main types of risk arising from retrofit.  The guide then analyses the main causes of these risks and provides a robust process to manage them and links to information on best practice, technical guidance and training.

Download here.

STBA's Guidance Tool

The Guidance Wheel is an interactive tool that can be accessed via the STBA Responsible Retrofit website, along with the STBA Knowledge Centre.

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What is Whole House Retrofit


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 the Whole House Retrofit Paper. Click here.

Responsible Retrofit Toolkit 

Developed for Bristol City Council, this guide was made available for those living in Bristol to help them make more informed decisions about how to insulate their homes.  By showing residents what to look out for, Bristol City Council believes that the uptake of one of the most effective energy efficiency measures will be increased and the quality of installations improved.

The illustrated written guidance is now used by homeowners and professionals throughout the UK and can be accessed here

or by clicking on the icon below

Bristolian Guide to Solid Wall Insulation
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EPCs and Whole-House Approach - A Scoping Study


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STBA’s Responsible Retrofit of 

Traditional Buildings Report


STBA’s Gap Analysis into the Energy Performance of Existing Buildings

STBA’s Conventions and Standards for the Refurbishment of Traditional Buildings


Heat loss from thermal bridging in Internal Wall Insulation of solid-wall buildings.

Valentina Marincioni (UCL & UKCMB),  Chris Sanders (GCU), Neil May (UKCMB)

Moisture in Buildings: an integrated approach to risk assessment and guidance


This white paper is in response to a growing relaisation that traditional moisture risk approaches are inadequate. The guidance:

  • Describes why the approach to moisture in buildings needs to change
  • Explains the limitations of current moisture risk assessment standards and regulations
  • Proposes a way forward, using a new whole building approach
  • Sets out the principles of the whole building approach
  • Outlines how we should tackle moisture risk assessment and design in future

Download the guidance here.



Other reports of interest:

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