The STBA SPAB 2021 Online Sustainability of Traditional Buildings Conference

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This virtual conference will bring together UK experts in the field to present on key issues affecting the traditional built environment, and tools that can help provide potential solutions. Each session will be accompanied by a Q&A session to allow audience members the opportunity to ask speakers questions.

Live Presentations and discussions from 09.30am-1.00pm 28th September - 29th September 2021

Online conference held via Zoom.

£80 non-members 

£65 members of SPAB, STBA, AECB

The ever popular co-hosted event of the year on traditional buildings returns in September. 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. The conference is CPD accredited and recordings of all sessions will be made available for delegates to view after the conference for a limited time. 

Day 1 will focus on Retrofit Tools, and how to embrace the wider issues of Moisture, Embodied Carbon and Regeneration practices. 

Having a good understanding of traditional (pre-c1919) buildings is an important prerequisite when undertaking work on them. This includes not only a sound knowledge of their construction and performance but also the risks associated with the use of different methods and materials, not least those affecting moisture movement. Day 2 will explore some of the latest research and its implications for retrofitting older buildings, as well as provide an update on the development of relevant guidance and standard practice documentation.


Full Conference Programme*:

Day 1 – 09.30am-1.00pm 28th September - Retrofit Tools and Solutions

  • Conference Chair & Introduction, Peter Draper STBA (Director)
  • UK Retrofit Policy, Lynne Sullivan OBE (Good Homes Alliance: Chair)
  • From Retrofit to Regeneration, Nigel Griffiths (STBA: Policy Advisor) 
  • Retrofitting residential heritage buildings: remember the people, Freya Wise (Open University: Postgraduate Researcher)
  • Salford Energy House, Professor Will Swan (Director of Energy House Laboratories)
  • Q&A Session
  • Break
  • Aims and Aspirations of Heritage Declares, David Garrard (Oxford Brookes University: Senior Lecturer)
  • STBA Whole House Tool development, Peter Draper (STBA Director)
  • The SuperHomes Rating Scheme, Claire Westron (Resolution Energy: Founder & Director) & Paul Ciniglio (National Energy Foundation: Refurbishment Lead)
  • Pathways to Zero - Tools Development, Andy Sutton (Sero: Co founder / Chief Innovation Officer)
  • Q&A Session

Day 2 - 09.30am-1.00pm 29th September - Significance: Policy and Research

  • Conference Chair & Introduction, Sally Stradling (SPAB Technical & Research co-Chair )
  • From Research to Mainstream: what do we need to do next to..?, Dr Moses Jenkins (Historic Environment Scotland: Senior Technical Advisor)
  • Overview of Historic England’s research, Morwenna Slade (Historic England: Head of Historic Building Climate Change Adaptation)
  • PAS 2038: the new UK standard for non-domestic retrofit, Dr Peter Rickaby (UKCMB: Principal Research Associate)
  • Q&A Session
  • Break
  • Water Repellent Treatments and Historic Masonry, Toby Cambray (Greengauge: Founder & Director)
  • Retrofit of Historic Timber Framed Buildings in the UK: monitoring replacement infill panels, Dr Chris Whitman (Welsh School of Architecture: Senior Lecturer)
  • A House by a River, Gareth Fleming (Grosvenor Estates: Building Surveyor) & Corey Lane (Shropshire Council: Senior Conservation Officer)
  • Moisture Movement in Porous Masonry – New Findings, Val Juhasz (SPAB)
  • Q&A Session


Each day will feature the hotly debated Q&A whereby the presenters are asked for their expert advice from the audience. All sessions will be recorded and access to the recording will be provided to all delegates who have registered prior to the conference to view at their leisure for a set period of time. 


Feedback from previous delegates:

"Many thanks - it was a very enjoyable conference. I look forward to next year. Well done for the organisation."
"Inspiring presentation by Harry Paticas, detailed and methodological with incredible insight to means to retrofit with reduced environmental impact, while inspiring future generations with Retrofit Action project for schools."

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 before the conference begins. 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


The conference is SPAB CPD accredited.

*please note that this programme is subject to change.

Booking Terms & Conditions

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

29th September 2021 1:00 PM through  1:30 PM
United Kingdom
Conference Fee(s)
Full Conference Fee (Members £65) £ 65.00
Full Conference Fee (Non-Members £80) £ 80.00