Articles and Presentations

The STBA is keen to ensure that people have access to cutting edge information and those experts on their field. To support this please find the agendas and the associated presentations from our last few national Conferences and Advisory group meetings below.

STBA 10 year anniversary 2022
This members meeting was a celebration of a decade of the Sustainable Traditional Building Association.
Featured speakers included: James Barnes of BEIS, Jo Lugg and Imogen Wood of National Trust, Professor Carolyn Hayles of  Cardiff Metropolitan University, Juliet Mallace of ESP, Trish Andrews of AECB and Peter Draper and Nigel Griffiths of STBA.
Read the review of the meeting here
Links to all presentations are below:

BEIS: Heat and Buildings Strategy

National Trust: Tackling Climate Change Together

EPS: Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan

AECB: Retrofit Standard

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Advisory Panel Meeting 2021

Advisory Panel 2021

We had the pleasure of hosting two notable voices in the industry: Russell Smith of Parity Projects & Retrofit Works and Andy Sutton, Co Founder and Innovation Director of Sero.

Russell gave us a sharp perspective on the delivery of the ‘National Retrofit Strategy’. He stated that in Year 1 investment would be required from Government but that “private business and private finance are saying that they are prepared to invest in themselves; to a greater tune that is put in by government”. He also thought that the in the ‘Retrofit Business Case’ we would need to see initiatives such as a ‘National Retrofit Body’, ‘Supply Chain Innovation’ & ‘Property passports & Smart EPCs’.
Andy’s presentation was on Phase 1 of the Optimised Retrofit Programme which is funded by the Welsh Government, began last year. With 70 partners, of which 28 are social landlords, the programme is about creating the processes to deliver pragmatic decarbonisation whilst also supporting the development of skills around the local economy, and the creation of detailed POE datasets.

Links to all presentations are below:

Russell Smith: National Refurbishment Strategy

Andy Sutton: Optimised Retrofit Programme

Peter Draper & Nigel Griffiths: STBA – Beyond COVID

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.

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.

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