Guide to responsible retrofitting of traditional buildings released

Monday 02 November 2015

The traditional built environment in Wales took a sustainable step forward with the release of a guide on responsible retrofitting of historic buildings by the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA).

Picture of the 'Planning Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings' guidance

'Planning Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings' guidance

Planning Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings is the first guide to be released in the STBA series entitled “How to carry out responsible retrofit” and has been sponsored by the CITB, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland and Cadw.

The Guide is designed for use by owners, designers, project managers and contractors when planning a retrofit project. The guide explains why traditional buildings need a different approach and sets out the risks to building fabric, human health, heritage and the environment.

The guide promotes a Whole Building Approach to retrofit, which begins with an assessment of the building and its context.

This approach then highlights the interactions between building fabric, services and human behavior and develops strategies to manage the various forms of risk, with the aim of delivering long term, sustainable improvements to building performance.

A recommended process is provided in the guide, together with links to a suite of resources on best practice, including technical guidance and accredited training.

Professor Robert Lowe Director of the Energy Institute at UCL said: “Retrofitting existing homes for energy efficiency is intrinsically complex.  It is therefore good to see a guide to retrofit written by a team with unrivalled experience of what works in buildings, and which goes beyond a simple tick-box approach.  This guide represents a significant contribution to the knowledge base of the UK's retrofit industry”.

The guidance can be found on the STBA website along with further information on relevant training courses for individuals in this sector. The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) is a collaboration of not for profit organisations that aims to promote and deliver a more sustainable traditional built environment in the UK.