Energy efficiency in traditional buildings

Training sessions in Cheltenham

24 September 2014

Earlier this month, CSE’s Lead Trainer, Anna Watts, spent a sunny Sunday afternoon training 18 community representatives, professionals and householders on energy efficiency in traditional buildings in Cheltenham. The aim was to provide the basics on how to make improvements that not only save energy but also preserve the character of the building.

The workshop covered:

  • How to approach the retrofit of an historic building in a way that is sympathetic to heritage conservation
  • What is an historic building and what is the heritage value?
  • Why energy efficiency can be a threat to traditional buildings and heritage
  • Methods of improving the energy efficiency using an approach that is sympathetic to function, design and heritage of a traditional building
  • Sources of further help and information

It was a diverse group of participants, including architects, building assessors, Cheltenham Borough Council’s Heritage and Conservation Manager, landlords, tenants and homeowners. The workshop included presentations, discussions and group activity, so that participants could share their knowledge and experience.

The training, very appropriately, took place at The New Club – a beautiful grade II listed building (one of a good group of 1820s villas in Montpellier Parade) and was part of a project funded by the Summerfield Trust and Cheltenham Community Pride and run by Cheltenham Green Doors, in partnership with Vision 21 and CSE.

The training was very well-received. The participants said:

“Well organised. Good info presented and excellent breakout sessions.”

“Liked the sharing of views and information. Topics were introduced well without too many statistics."

“Practical examples. Sources of advice. Sensible balance of heritage and sustainability. Good venue!”

We are currently working with both English Heritage and the National Trust to produce guidance on making heritage homes more energy efficient. We recently published a workbook for homeowners, which you can read here.

Next event: Greening Cheltenham's Heritage, 20 November

In November, we will be holding a free all-day conference on 'Greening Cheltenham's Heritage'.

When: Thursday 20 November 2014, 10:30–16:00

Where: University of Gloucestershire, Fullwood House, Park Campus, The Park, Cheltenham GL50 2RH

Book your free place: email or call 01242 224321

Come and find out more about heritage and sustainability in Cheltenham – what are the issues?

Heritage buildings can be sensitively improved to be more energy efficient – what support is needed for this to happen? How can good practice be shared and encouraged? How can key groups and organisations work together? 

This event is funded by the Summerfield Charitable Trust, organised by Cheltenham Green Doors and CSE with support from Vision 21.

Image: Muffinn, flickr

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