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Retrofitting Traditional Buildings - Bristol 

14:30, Thursday 9th October
18:30, Thursday 9th October
South West | Bristol
CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN (map)
Lecture | Seminar


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?

About the seminar

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.

About the speaker

Nicholas Heath is Founding Director of NDM Heath Ltd, a UK-based sustainable energy consultancy. Nicholas is an expert in sustainable development, with many years’ experience in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy in traditional and historic buildings.

He provides services both nationally and internationally, and has developed and delivered training at all levels for many high-profile clients.

His experience covers not only environmental but also social and economic sustainability, enabling him to take a holistic approach to his work.

Prior to founding NDM Heath Ltd. in 2013, Nicholas worked with Changeworks, a leading Scottish sustainable development organisation. During his time there he was responsible for developing and leading a series of high-profile, award-winning projects retrofitting energy-saving and renewable energy technologies in historic, traditionally-constructed buildings in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a Conservation Area and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

These projects led to changes in local planning policy and are regarded internationally as examples of best practice in low-carbon building retrofit.

What have our delegates said about Green Register seminars?

“A great combination of information from basics to detailed application! A very useful overview and introduction”
“Excellent introduction to very interesting materials”
“A great understanding and awareness of materials, with its applications and advantages”


Book 3 places at this event and get the 3rd place free. Book your places online as normal and we will deduct the cost of the 3rd place once your booking is received.

Members £59 Non-members £85

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Retrofitting Traditional Buildings - Bristol

South West | Bristol