Recent News

Recent headlines

National Maintenance Week (20-27 November) reminds anyone who cares for a property – regardless of its age, type or purpose – of the straightforward steps they can take to protect their building from winter weather. 

The Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) ‘Understanding Building Conservation’ course and ‘Building Conservation Certification Scheme’ have received official endorsement from English Heritage.

PAS 2035 Update: TrustMark have updated the ‘Overview and Roles to Qualifications’

Research Assistant job in Building Performance Evaluation at the Leeds Sustainability Institute.

Fully funded PhD Studentship developing a Damp Management Tool with the Property Care Association, based in the Leeds Sustainability Institute.

Fully funded PhD Studentship investigating the QUB building energy efficiency assessment method with Saint Gobain based at the Leeds Sustainability Institute.

New consultation from Welsh Government on Tackling Fuel Poverty 2020 to 2035. 

‘We want your views on our plan to support people struggling with the cost of their fuel bills.’ 

Open until 31st Dec 2020.

Historic England have published a statement on its ‘Position on Climate Change and Sustainability’.

This is an important publication as it will help to quash any comments about heritage organisations just wishing to preserve the status quo in favour of traditional buildings over the issue of climate change. It also raises the really important factor of embodied carbon within the existing estate which represents a major carbon sink in the armoury against carbon emissions. 

Leeds Beckett University has a new opening for a funded PhD. The doctorate will work in the development and validation of a management tool to achieve the most appropriate and cost-effective solutions to moisture imbalance in dwellings. This research will aim to identify the most appropriate solutions and quantify the benefits from finding better ways to treat current damp issues and to help plan the investment strategy to avoid future mould and moisture problems across the housing association People for Places national estate.

Circular economy grant from Zero Waste Scotland goes to insulation manufacturer IndiNature, which makes ‘carbon negative’ insulation.

Welsh Government publishes Building Better Places: The Planning System Delivering Resilient and Brighter Futures. 

The document sets out the Welsh Government’s planning policy priorities to assist in taking action in the recovery period after the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. The planning system should be centre stage in the consideration of built and natural environment issues that have arisen from this situation.

Link is a PDF file.

Historic England looking for a new Head of Historic Building Climate Change Adaptation

Welsh Government launch Optimised Retrofit round of funding

The STBA welcomes this exciting round of IHP funding for OR as it is underpinned by the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act that embeds holistic thinking and approaches into the retrofit agenda.

RICS call for 5% VAT rating on refurbishment within their position paper as embodied energy becomes more of an issue in the construction industry

The STBA absolutely supports the call for reduced VAT on maintenance, repairs and retrofit. Embodied carbon within the existing stock is a valuable asset and we should encourage people to look after their homes so that they last longer and retain this carbon within their structures.

Trustmark registration to be a necessary element of a quality drive with the UK Green Recovery

The STBA is pleased to see some element of quality control over this process, however the system should be driven by the PAS2035 process, not just PAS2030 registered contractors / installers. Understanding the building is a pre-requisite for designing a quality assured retrofit.

Passive House Trust launch ‘Demystifying Airtightness’

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