The Environment Study Centre has now teamed up with the National Trust to train their building staff at their properties and building professionals from other organisations can join in too. Over two days participants will learn about the sustainability, energy efficiency and retrofit of traditional buildings of all sizes from […]
Insulating Solid Ground Floors The energy saving resulting from insulating solid ground floors can in many cases be of marginal benefit when the cost and disruption to the building fabric are considered. Insulating other building elements is likely to produce greater benefits in energy efficiency for significantly less cost. This […]
Guidance And Standards For Drying Flood Damaged Buildings There is a great deal of guidance available on common methods for drying buildings and on managing and monitoring the drying process. Some of this guidance is available in the public domain free of charge and more is available to buy, but […]
Installing Micro-Generation Systems: A Guide To Best Practice Micro-generation is the production of heat, electricity or both on a small scale from a low carbon source. Many of the technologies use renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, whilst others continue to use fossil fuels, but with greater efficiency […]
Evaluating Energy Modelling For Traditionally Constructed Dwellings With the use of building modelling now mandatory, there is a need to understand the requirement, the types of evaluation packages available and how the apply to certain house types. The use of modelling tools to assess performance and give recommendations for thermal […]
Keeping Warm In A Cooler House Here we challenge the perception that houses must be heated to modern standards, and explores achieving comfort in an older house using background lowฉ\temperature heating and local supplementary heaters to create warmth as required. The report neither advocates that buildings be not heated, nor […]
Embodied Energy Considerations For Existing Buildings Here we outline the importance of life cycle analysis (LCA) in assessing the sustainability of new buildings and of maintaining, refurbishing and replacing existing buildings. Embodied energy and carbon is only one part of a building’s life cycle, but is of increasing significance. The […]
DRAUGHT PROOFING DOORS AND WINDOWS Draught-proofing is one of the most cost effective and least intrusive ways of improving the comfort of occupants and reducing energy used for heating with little or no change to a building’s appearance. It has the added benefit of helping to reduce noise and keeping […]
Diagnosis Equipment CARBIDE METER The carbide meter can properly diagnose dampness in buildings and is much superior to electric meters.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND HISTORIC BUILDINGS – APPLICATION OF PART L OF THE BUILDING REGULATIONS TO HISTORIC AND TRADITIONALLY CONSTRUCTED BUILDINGS English Heritage supports the Government’s aims to Achieving an informed appropriate balance requires improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings an understanding of the regulations and the building, through Part L […]
General Guidance The historic environment is central to Wales’s cultural heritage and sense of identity. It is a resource that should be sustained for the benefit of present and future generations. In this document, Cadw, the historic environment division of the Welsh Assembly Government, sets out a logical approach for […]
Maintenance and Operation of Building
Retrofit and Refurbishment of Buildings Heritage Cottage Energy Efficiency Retrofit Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance Bristol Solid Wall Insulation
Laser Scanning and BIM A SENSE OF THE PAST – JOHN COUNSELL AND JOHN EDWARDS LOOK AT BIM AT HERITAGE COTTAGE There has been no serious work initiated to date in determining how BIM can be applied in the conservation sector of the UK construction industry and yet work to […]
CLOSING THE PERFORMANCE GAP จC THE 2020 AMBITION From 2020, be able to demonstrate that at least 90% of all new homes meet or perform better than the designed energy / carbon performance. There is now clear evidence of a gap between the designed and as-built energy performance of new […]
The Environment Study Centre have announced that Somerset House will be their London learning centre with the first event taking place on the 1st June 2015 on the latest British Standard for building conservation. Contact us for more information.