Heritage and Sustainability in Action: Retrofit

Heritage and Sustainability in Action: Retrofit

Case studies exploring sustainable retrofit on traditionally constructed buildings

23/03/2021 - 23/03/2021
Course Type: 


Introductory, Intermediate, CPD
Virtual event: held online
United Kingdom

£25 per person

Event details

The SPAB launched a series of online CPD sessions in 2020. These short sessions are specially designed to give you a way to easily meet your CPD requirements and improve your understanding of building conservation during your lunch break or in your own time. CPD certificates are provided electronically after the course. Group Booking discounts are available, email education@spab.org.uk to find out more. 

Heritage and Sustainability in Action - Spring CPD Series

We are all aware of the current climate emergency and the potential for the built environment to help mitigate climate change. At the SPAB, we strongly believe that sensitive improvement and repair of historic buildings is a sustainable approach, which can reduce the impact of the built environment on the climate. 

This series of CPD sessions will explore how to implement sustainable approaches to traditionally constructed buildings. By examining real-world examples of sympathetic repair and retrofit techniques successfully used in domestic and ecclesiastical settings, delegates will learn how to use these methods in their own work. In particular, the case studies will demonstrate the implementation of techniques in common heritage building types in the UK including timber framed and solid wall construction.

The series features four sessions with one-hour lectures and 30 minutes Q&A to allow delegates the chance to receive detailed answers to their questions. All lectures will be accompanied by a resource list and a recording of the session, which can be view at the attendee’s leisure for up to one week after the session.

Session 2 - Retrofit

Tuesday 23 March 202,  12.00-13.30 (GMT)

This session will include an introduction to retrofit, followed by close analysis of two case studies. The lecture will highlight the benefits for increasing energy efficiency in historic buildings.

Case Study 1: Putney Chapels

This project relates to two Gothic Revival Chapels, located in a historic cemetery in Putney; unused for over 30 years and in a state of dereliction. This project has rescued these crumbling Gothic Revival Chapels using traditional materials and techniques in an imaginative and subtle conversion into a small private dwelling. The energy efficiency retrofit included dealing with stone walls, a slate roof, stone floors, and stained glass windows. This project was also a case study in the Historic England report 'Understanding Carbon in the Historic Environment'.

Case Study 2: Camden Cottage

This project rescued a timber-framed cottage. The energy efficiency retrofit included dealing with timber frame walls as well as brick walls, tiled roof, stone floor, and Georgian windows.

About the speaker:

Sarah Khan 

Sarah Khan is a Partner at Roger Mears Architects. The practice’s core work is with traditional buildings of all types, including period properties, with many projects having won awards. Sarah is a Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Guardian and a member of their Technical and Research Committee, an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) as well as a RIBA accredited Specialist Conservation Architect. She is also a RIBA conservation group panel member. She is currently leading the Practice’s research into sustainable upgrading of historic buildings.

Other Sessions in the Series:

Please click on the title to register for other sessions in the series.

Session 1: Upgrading Building Elements, 16 March

Session 3: Materials, 13 April - Link coming soon

Session 4: Services, 20 April


Booking Terms & Conditions

IT requirements: Please note that this is an online course 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 Zoom for Android or your browser. Apple mobile/tablet users can download the Zoom app for free.

If you'd like to test your internet speed meets requirements before booking, please try a Zoom test through their website.

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

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