The STBA SPAB 2020 Online Sustainability of Traditional Buildings Full Conference

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Bookings for the full STBA/SPAB 2020 Online Sustainability of Traditional Buildings Conference are now closed.

10.00am-12.30pm 6th, 8th and 13th October 2020

Online conference held via Zoom.

FULL CONFERENCE TICKET: £100 non-members and £65 for members for all three sessions.
Bookings for the full conference are now closed.

This year’s long-awaited STBA and SPAB Conference will take place online in three manageable chunks spread over three days focusing on key issues affecting the traditional built environment: embodied carbon, skills and research. We have some of the country’s leading speakers to help us understand the underlying issues, explore some potential solutions and then discuss all this together with a Q&A session at the end of each morning.

Day 1 – 10.00am-12.30pm 6th October – EMBODIED CARBON

The core of Government policy and indeed the concern of the public is to radically reduce our world’s dependency of carbon and to reduce our emissions to a level that is sustainable for the planet. This is an absolute key goal that is fully supported by both the STBA and SPAB. The issue comes with how we actually achieve this in a sustainable manner that does not adversely impact on the many social and historical factors that are embedded into our existing built environment. This long argument has been largely won thanks to the impassioned work of the STBA, SPAB and many others. The advent of PAS2035 means that there are some safeguards coming into place.

The remaining problem is that lots of works to buildings means a lot of carbon being expended in the short term to save ‘in-use’ carbon. The term ’embodied carbon’ needs to be part of this equation and this opens up the debate. What carbon is already stored within our built environment? What type of materials could be used in retrofit, that are compatible with traditional buildings, and how does their embodied carbon effect choice? Can we even measure the effects of these choices and are there tools that can help?

This session of the conference will help us all to answer these questions as we have a stellar line up of speakers who have explored this topic in depth. The morning will then be wrapped up by your chance to ask some burning questions.

Day 2 - 10.00am-12.30pm 8th October - SKILLS

Knowledge and skills go hand and hand. It is imperative therefore that we ensure that we have a workforce that is capable and competent to undertake the changes that the built environment needs to shoulder. In this section of the conference we aim to share the context of an emerging new skills requirement, explore background training data, view one working solution and facilitate a constructive debate.

This is an amazing dynamic area of the industry and one that requires fresh thinking and action. With today’s speakers we will get this in spades. New ways of working being devised and demanded by Welsh Government, latest research from CITB and some community led solutions from the South West.

Day 3 - 10.00am-12.30pm 13th October - RESEARCH

Underpinning all of the above is research. It is therefore imperative that we are all up to speed with what’s going on from some of our top researchers in the field. These can be both academically funded or undertaken from the keenest of practitioners. In today’s session we have a mix of both. Leeds Beckett University have compiled a huge sample of retrofitted projects and assessed them. Here we will learn some salient lessons and garner some direction forward. Archimetrics have concluded there long-term research programme with SPAB and we shall be treated to a final update and set of conclusions and lastly we have an in-depth practical study looking at carbon within a listed building.


IT requirements:

Please note that this is an online event and will be held via a webinar platform called Zoom. You will be sent instructions on how to join the session when you book. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio. On android mobiles/tablets, sessions can be accessed via either Chrome for Android or Firefox for Android. Apple mobile/tablet users will need to download the Zoom app. If you require any assistance using Zoom, please email

Conference is SPAB CPD accredited:

Most presentations will last 40 minutes and be in a PowerPoint style. These will be made available after the conference.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

6th October 2020 10:00 AM through 13th October 2020 12:30 PM
United Kingdom
Conference Fee(s)
Full Conference Fee (Members £65) £ 65.00
Full Conference Fee (Non-Members £100) £ 100.00

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