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SPAB Technical Day to be held in Birmingham – old building energy efficiency!

Posted July 6th, 2012 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

A little bit of promotion for our colleagues at SPAB who will be holding an interesting technical day in Birmingham on Old Building Energy Efficiency Research.

This event is for any building professional, owner or contractor who wants to gain up-to-date facts and information in order to retrofit and thermally upgrade a traditional old building.

To be held on 30 October 2012, 09:00 – 17:00, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham, B5 5SE

Book by 1 September to take advantage of this offer.
£100  £75/person, includes lunch and refreshments.


Since 2009 the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings has been dedicated, through continued research, to try and understand traditional buildings better.  In 2010 we proved at our U-value Research Technical Day that traditional buildings are not as inefficient as one might be led to believe.  Based on this knowledge we decided to extend the SPAB research in this area, and at our 2011 Energy Efficiency Technical Day we published the first part of our Building Performance Survey Reports which looked at actual figures for air tightness, air quality, moisture levels and heat loss in seven pre-1919 solid walled buildings.

This October, following the proposed launch of the Government’s Green Deal, we will bring together the country’s leading specialists in traditional buildings energy efficiency research.  The speakers will present recent research projects and provide the much anticipated results, findings and conclusions for successfully retrofitting traditional buildings.  With support from English Heritage, the SPAB will publish our updated Research Reports 1, 2 and 3 at the event, and we will also be highlighting the latest thinking, reports and guidance from organisations such as the Department for Energy and Climate Change, English Heritage, Historic Scotland and the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA).  

Bill Bordass, Research and Policy Adviser, Usable Buildings Trust will present the keynote speech.  The provisional programme for the event is attached; please note this is subject to change.

Book online:
Or complete the attached booking form [Flyer] and return with payment to the SPAB.

This event coincides with the first day of the Retro Expo – a new exhibition and conference in Birmingham focusing on delivering energy efficient refurbishment and retrofit of domestic commercial buildings in the UK.

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