in     by Administrator 16-05-2015

Conference – Wall Insulation: Getting it Right in Old Buildings, Court Coleman, Bridgend, 25th March 2014

The conference on Wall Insulation: Getting it right in old buildings was organised by the Wales Traditional and Sustainability Building Skills Advisory Group (TSBSAG). During the day a number of presentations were delivered, the conference opened with an outline of the challenges faced in preparing Wales’s pre-1919 housing stock for a sustainable and energy-efficient future. This was followed up with presentations on current research and case studies relating to wall insulation in old buildings, and the day’s presentations were concluded with a focus on education and training in the sector. The conference proved to be an extremely useful forum for raising awareness amongst a broad spectrum of people working in the construction sector in South Wales. It illustrated that there is a good deal of important information available in the sector about appropriate retrofitting of old buildings, however it is clear that an enormous amount of work remains to be done to better understand Wales’s historic building stock and how it should be sustained whilst meeting Wales’ carbon reduction targets.

For further information on items covered at the conference see:-

Conference report


Introduction Presented by Trevor Francis

Energy Efficieny in a Broader Context – Presented by John Edwards

U-values and Retrofitting Traditionally Built Walls – Presented by Caroline Rye, and for more information see SPAB

DECC Research Update – Presented by Colin King

Practical Consideration in Wet and Windy Wales – Presented by Frances Voelcker

STBA guidance wheel, demonstrated by Neil May, Director the Natural Building Technologies. For more information - STBA

STBA paper on Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings – A report on existing research and Guidance with Recommendations

Knowledge Motivation & Policy– Presented by Tim Forman

Skills Required for the Sector – Presented by John Edwards

Case Studies:-

Arbed I: Retrofitted External Wall InsulationJoanne Atkinson, Groundwork Caerphilly

A further paper to support the presentation can be downloaded - Assessing the execution of retrofitted external wall insulation for pre-1919 dwellings in Swansea (UK), Joanne Atkinson

Insulating solid walls: Findings from pre and post refurbishment performance monitoring from the SPAB building performance survey– Caroline Rye, ArchiMetrics

External Wall Insulation – How we develop the professionals and crafts for both today and tomorrow? – Trevor Francis, Swansea Metropolitan University




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