Forthcoming Events


Date for your Diaries:

STBA and Fit for the Future Autumn Event 

Monday 26th November 2018, Swindon

Practical responses to MEES (the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards)

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for properties in the private rented sector were introduced in April of this year. These regulations are particularly challenging for owners and managers of portfolios of older buildings - especially as MEES are based around EPCs and these often do not accurately reflect the performance of solid-walled and other traditionally-constructed buildings - both domestic and non-domestic.

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. Just as importantly, we want to hear from you, to record the challenges you are facing so that we can communicate these to government, and for you to share the solutions you are implementing, so there will be two contributory sessions to ensure that everyone attending has the chance to speak and raise issues. 


Free to members of the STBA and the Fit for the Future network. Guests: £60+VAT


Bookings open soon.


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Forthcoming Events and Training by Others

Upcoming 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:


- 12 September, Glasgow

- 19 September, London 

- 10 October, Manchester 

- 28 November, Sheffield

- 5 December, Exeter




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AECB CarbonLite Retrofit – series of webinars


CarbonLite retrofit course themed webinars are now available to all AECB members without the need to book the whole course.  Priority will be given to current CLR students and graduates so book your place early.


-  24 September 2018, Building Services for Retrofit

-  5 November 2018, Retrofit Investment Appraisals and CLR REAL Cost Modelling


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Building Conservation Summer School
from RICS & SPAB 

16-20 September 2018, Cirencester

Surveyors play such an important role in the assessment, repair & refurbishment of old buildings. Specialist knowledge is key. 

The RICS & SPAB 2018 Summer School gives attendees an introduction to building conservation, with a view to ensuring that surveyors other specialists in this field have the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding.

Spanning five days, this event aims to reinforce undergraduate and graduate training in traditional buildings, construction techniques and materials.


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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.

17-18 September, London
3-4 October, Glasgow
16-17 October, Bristol
12-13 November, London

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CIOB - Project Management and Supervision: Historic and Traditional Buildings 

19 September, London


This 1-day course will cover the pertinent issues concerning historic and traditional buildings, and best practice for build quality strategies and processes. 

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Roofs, Lofts and Floors - Refurbishment Solutions 10 October 2018, London

Green Register and Ecological Building Systems

A half-day seminar offering solutions when retrofitting roofs, lofts and floors. Working with the existing fabric, traditional building materials and older methods of construction, refurbishing homes can often be challenging. It requires extremely careful consideration of any intervention so that the work results in an improved building performance rather than exacerbating existing problems such as damp, mould and interstitial condensation. Speakers from Ecological Building Solutions will discuss methods and materials that enhance rather than harm existing buildings.

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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.

16th Oct, Swindon
18th Oct, London
6th Nov, Belfast 
8th Nov, Glasgow
22nd Nov , Birmingham


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


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Healthy Products, People, Planet: Do plastics have a role in healthy building?

1 Nov 2018, Bristol  - Green Register & ASBP 

This afternoon event will discuss the impacts and implications of the widespread use of plastics in the construction industry. 

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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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