STBA Policy Work

STBA Policy work

STBA is well known in Government circles for its work on policy. We actively respond to Government consultations and committees, helping decision makers to understand this important area of work, especially in terms of making sure that the narrow carbon reduction targets are widened in their scope to ensure true sustainability. Some of our publications and campaigns are shown below.

2024: STBA Briefing guide – The Use of Natural Materials in Retrofit

2021: From Retrofit to Regeneration – STBA Paper


2021: Response to Heat and Building Strategy

2021: Response to Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland consultation on Policy options

2021: Response to BEIS Consultation on Non Domestic MEES Target EPC B

2021: Response to Environmental Audit Committee – Sustainability of the built environment

2021: Response to MHCLG’s consultation on Future Buildings Standard


2020: Proposal to change the domestic EPC headline rating (A . . F) from the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) to the Environmental Impact Rating (EIR)

The STBA believes that in order to cut carbon within the built environment one should use a metric in CO2 rather than £. Makes sense?

2017: The Future of the Past

Neil May

“This essay has been written out of a desire among STBA member organisations, and particularly those of the Heritage sector, to be part of the sustainability discourse in a positive way, rather than being seen as part of the problem. Old buildings have a lot to offer to the sustainability of our country and planet both practically and culturally: practically, in term of how traditional buildings can contribute to mainstream sustainability targets in energy and carbon, as well as regards economic value and occupant health; and culturally in terms of how heritage thinking and practice, as well as the presence of old buildings, can (re-)connect people with nature, beauty and the past in a way which is essential for the long term survival and flourishing of humankind; they can also challenge our modern ways of thinking and being through their real enduring witness to different ways of life.” Neil May

2016: Moisture in Buildings: an integrated approach to risk assessment and guidance

This white paper is in response to a growing realisation 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.

2015: 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.