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Welcome to our September Newsletter
CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY

This newsletter comes to you during a week long UN climate summit and a few days following a day long climate strike that saw millions across the globe taking to the streets. Awareness raising seems to be at its height, but current action is not enough. Those of us involved in the built environment have a major role to play. Making buildings more energy efficient is important and in this newsletter, we highlight opportunities for individuals to become much more informed in how to do this properly – that means without commercial interference in a genuine attempt to help tackle climate change. Please look at the information, events and training which can all have some impact on addressing climate change.

Professor John Edwards
MA, DipBldgCons, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC
Editor Environment Study Centre News

 
IHBC Guidance on Retrofitting Traditional Buildings
The guidance produced the Institute for Historic Building Conservation, is based on BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the conservation of historic buildings, and contains a process for practitioners and others to follow. The process takes one through all the activities that need to be undertaken in a specific order, in order to make traditional buildings more energy efficient – energy performance assessment, condition surveys, evaluation of requirements, payback, heritage impact assessment and implementation including quality management. Contrary to its title, this guidance takes a holistic approach and therefore addresses the original building fabric first in making it perform as best it can before retrofit measures are considered. Traditional buildings make up a quarter of UK building stock and therefore this guide will be useful for a large proportion of building stock. It is available free of charge here and its application is described in detail on the CITB 2-day course SQA Level 3 award in the Energy Efficiency and Retrofit of Traditional Buildings.
2-day Retrofit Course – with a qualification
This is the only course in Retrofitting traditional buildings that provides a real qualification and is a requirement in compliance with BSI  PAS 2035 specification for retrofitting dwellings. The Level 3 Award energy efficiency and retrofit of traditional buildings course is run in conjunction with the CITB National Construction College and is independently accredited by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA)
Next in Cardiff 9th & 10th December 2019.
Information & Booking
Climate Heritage Network Launch
The Climate Heritage Network Global Launch is a two-day event (24th & 25th October 2019) devoted to mobilising the cultural heritage sector for climate action across the globe. A key outcome of the program will be the launch of the new commitment to tackling climate change and achieving the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.  Interested parties may join the Network by signing or endorsing the Climate Heritage Network Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Professor John Edwards will be presenting the IHBC guidance on retrofitting traditional buildings. Find out more.
Retrofit Roadshow
Find out about new standards and processes for retrofitting buildings, including PAS 2035, the new UK specification for retrofitting homes for improved energy efficiency, and much more.  These are between one and two hours long. The next seminars will take place during October in:
Swansea
Manchester
Glasgow
Find out more
 

Conservation Course in Ireland
2-day CIOB Understanding Building Conservation course also leads into the CIOB Building Conservation Certification scheme.
5th & 6th November in Belfast
(Note that there is another course in Belfast during October but it is fully booked – these new dates have therefore been added due to popular demand).
For more information and to book
International Conference Vienna - Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings - Contradiction or Reality?
UK expertise will be shared with the rest of Europe with presentations by Rory Cullen and Professor John Edwards, at the 7th European Congress on the Use, Management and Conservation of Buildings of Historical Value: “Born in the Past – Used Today – Preserved for the Future” taking place at the Imperial Palace Vienna on 16 and 17 October 2018. Find out more
 
Understanding and Dealing with Heritage Values

The authoritative guide for traditional and historic buildings is BS7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings and here it explains that all older buildings will have some heritage values. Read more about BS7913 and heritage values. The 2-day course CIOB Understanding Building Conservation provides participants the opportunity to analyse heritage values and develop heritage impact assessments. Find out more about this training course.
 

Conference - Housing Retrofit vs Grid Decarbonisation
A workshop organised by Cadw and the STBA taking place at Caerphilly Castle on the 23rd October. A focus on the pros and cons of achieving carbon savings through large-scale, deep retrofit of buildings compared with the cost and environmental impact of grid decarbonisation. Find out more.
 

New Code of Quality Management
The CIOB have just published a code of quality management which is free to access. This was instigated following the problems of quality found in the construction of Scottish schools and its urgency heightened following the Grenfell tower disaster. Poor quality work has many effects not only for the safety of inhabitants and the buildings that they occupy but also in terms of sustainability. The publication of this code follows the development and introduction of the CIOB building conservation certification scheme, which is the only scheme of its kind that certifies the competence of individuals working for contracting companies on traditional pre 1919 buildings. Find out more about this scheme.
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