Retrofitting Traditional Buildings: Principles and Practice - Cardiff
A one-day technical training course covering emerging research, best practice and case studies in the field of upgrading traditional and historic buildings.
How do we protect our traditional buildings but make them fit for the future?
What are the risks for large-scale retrofit projects?
How can solid-walled buildings be insulated without causing Unintended Consequences?
About the seminar
Addressing energy efficiency is fast becoming one of the most pressing issues for older, traditionally-constructed buildings. However, retaining character and significance can be at odds with achieving improved thermal efficiency, and there is increasing evidence highlighting not only the benefits but also the risks of different technical solutions.
Upgrading traditional building fabric is notoriously complex and costly, particularly where planning restrictions apply, and a holistic understanding of buildings, upgrade measures and occupant behaviour is required before modern materials are applied to older structures.
In this one-day technical training course expert trainer 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.