Retrofitting Traditional Buildings - London

A half-day seminar outlining current research, emerging best practice and case studies in the field of upgrading traditional and historic buildings.

How do we protect our historic buildings but make them fit for the future?
Is it possible to add wall insulation without detriment to the existing building fabric?
What are the risks for mass-scale domestic external wall insulation projects?

Addressing energy efficiency is fast becoming one of the most pressing issues in older, traditionally-constructed buildings, particularly with the advent of finance streams such as Green Deal, ECO and the forthcoming RHI. However, retaining character and significance can be at odds with achieving improved thermal efficiency, and there is a great deal of controversy around the risks and benefits of different technical solutions.

Upgrading traditional building fabric is notoriously complex and costly, particularly where planning restrictions apply, and a holistic understanding is required before modern materials are applied to old structures. In this half-day technical training course expert trainer Nicholas Heath examines current issues, solutions and emerging best practice in how to achieve sustainable, low-energy traditional buildings while retaining their character and performance.

Practical application is demonstrated by case studies, and technical detail encompasses recent research projects published by English Heritage, Historic Scotland, SPAB, the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) and others and covers areas such as external and internal solid wall insulation, hygrothermal modelling, materials and energy calculations.

Nicholas will also present recent case study research findings conducted for English Heritage, highlighting the issues and potential risks surrounding mass-scale domestic external wall insulation projects. The research was carried out on traditional building retrofit projects in the north of England.

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historic buildings, traditional buildings, conservation, insulation, energy efficiency, thermal efficiency, SWI, solid wall insulation, EWI, external wall insulation, hygrothermal modelling, retrofit, Green Register

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