Forthcoming Events


Practical responses to MEES

26th November 2018, Swindon


A workshop for landlords and portfolio managers.


Landlords and portfolio managers are finding it increasingly difficult to comply with current Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards whilst ensuring their properties are achieving real energy efficiencies. One of the reasons is that MEES are based around EPCs that often do not accurately reflect a building’s actual performance. It is important, therefore, to find an retrofit strategy that is both effective and also meets the requirements of current (and possible future) regulations.


The STBA and Fit for the Future, are collaborating to bring you an event which explores the practical responses to MEES. 


We will begin with an update from BEIS on the regulations themselves, then show how some portfolio owners have developed practical responses to meet these targets, and explore the inconsistencies between reducing energy use and improving EPC scores. 

During two contributory sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to share both the challenges they are facing, and the solutions being considered and implemented. The event outcome will assist the STBA to communicate concerns and solutions to the government.


Click here for the flyer and full programme


26 November 2018 from 10.30 to 15.30.

National Trust Head Office in Swindon

Free to members of the STBA and the Fit for the Future network. 

Guests: £60+VAT


Bookings via Eventbrite.



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Forthcoming Events and Training by Others

Retrofitting Traditional Buildings: Principles and Practice - The Green Register

In this one-day technical training course STBA Technical Director, Nicholas Heath, examines current issues, solutions and emerging best practice in how to achieve ‘responsible retrofit’ – sustainable, low-energy traditional buildings with retained character, minimal risk to buildings and occupants and real benefits for all.


Principles including moisture movement, thermal bridging, building and insulation materials, energy assessments, planning and finance are complemented by practical solutions for domestic buildings, with a focus on solid walls, windows and ventilation as part of a whole-building approach.


Practical application is demonstrated by case studies and practical sessions, and technical detail encompasses recent research projects published by English Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, SPAB, the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) and others.


Both good and bad practice will be covered, in order to highlight the importance of adopting an appropriate, responsible approach to traditional building retrofit. Case studies of large-scale solid wall insulation failures will be presented alongside comprehensive new guidance on how to avoid these pitfalls and adopt robust approaches to area-based insulation schemes. 


Dates and Venues:


- 28 November, Sheffield

- 5 December, Exeter

- 13 February 2019, Bath

- 10 April 2019, Newcastle

- 22 May 2019, London

- 12 June 2019,Cambridge



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CIOB - Understanding Building Conservation

A 2-day course led by John Edwards. In accordance with the ICOMOS (International Council On Monuments and Sites) Training and Education Guideline and the latest British Standard on conservation of historic buildings (BS 7913: 2013) the course will introduce the philosophy behind conservation before going into detail regarding the technical analysis of buildings, ensembles and sites, diagnosing issues, identifying the best building conservation solutions, working with the various  stakeholders, and ultimately providing advice regarding best practice.

- 12-13 November 2018, London

- 6-7 February 2019, London

- 19-20 February, Swansea

- 5-6 June 2019, London

- 25-26 September 2019, London

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Ecological Building Systems Perfect AIRTIGHT ‘SEAL’ Seminar Tour 2018 


Whilst total airtightness is not something we usually strive for in older buildings, reducing draughts and creating good seals around junctions is considered good practice when carrying out retrofit.

Our members, Ecological Building Systems, together with Pro Clima and the BBA, have created an informative seminar that will be of interest to our members.

22nd Nov , Birmingham


Discounted tickets for STBA members - just £60 by entering promotional code ‘SEAL25’ when booking.


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UK Passivhaus Conference 2018

13 November 2018, Leeds

(Partners Rates for STBA members)

Passivhaus & the road to zero carbon. In the UK, buildings in use account for 43% of CO2 emissions, providing a significant opportunity to make energy & carbon savings. At the same time, we have a responsibility to deliver healthy and productive environments, so must exceed ‘business as usual’.

Passivhaus is a proven route to help achieve these targets and provide excellent occupant comfort and quality. Is the rigour and robustness of the Passivhaus Standard a step too far, and how do we pick up the pace to deliver solutions fast enough? Join the Passivhaus Trust in Leeds on the 13 November to debate all this and more.


Partner rate:£180+VAT 

Early bird rate expires on 30th September.

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SPAB's Old House Eco Course

17 November 2018, London

In the rush to be 'eco', compatibility between traditional buildings and modern technologies and materials can be mistakenly ignored. Presented by Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt, this course will explain how to avoid potential problems and will consider a holistic approach to retrofitting, while presenting a background to the latest building science with practical advice and examples of best practice.

The Old House Eco Course will be relevant primarily for owners of period properties (pre-1919), but also for building conservation professionals who may need to brief their clients on improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

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Improving Energy Efficiency 

22 November 2018 at the Engine Shed

Historic Environment Scotland 1-day conference, Thursday 22 November 2018. 

The day will cover principles of traditional building performance, principles for appropriate thermal upgrade and examples from Historic Environment Scotland recent pilot projects.

Our Nigel Griffiths will be one of the speakers at this event in Stirling.

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The Green Register - Building with Timber, the only Carbon Neutral Material? 6 December 2018 Bristol 


The annual Green Register 'Hot Topic' event for 2018 features a day of talks and illustrated case studies celebrating timber in all its myriad uses in construction.

Discount for STBA members. More information and bookings.

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CIOB - Project Management and Supervision: Historic and Traditional Buildings

A1-day course, led by John Edwards, covering the pertinent issues concerning historic and traditional buildings, and best practice for build quality strategies and processes. 

Upcoming dates in London: 31 Jan 2019, 31 Oct 2019

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SPAB's Repair of Old Buildings Course
13 to 17 May 2019, London

Run over five days, this course delivers an intensive programme of lectures and visits to building repair projects. The course welcomes students and professionals interested in deepening their understanding of old buildings, and who may be interested in developing work in this area.

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