Greening Cheltenham’s Heritage conference

Discussions on warming and preserving town’s old buildings

28 November 2014

Last week, Cheltenham Green Doors ran a popular one-day conference with opportunities to network, share ideas and discuss the challenges related to retrofitting the town’s heritage homes.

Speakers, including CSE, shared experience and examples of good practice, such as work undertaken on traditional buildings in Bath, whose owners and occupants face a similar trade-off between improving energy efficiency and preserving heritage value.

Neighbourhood-led planning has proven hugely successful in Bath. Low-Carbon Bath was a project that aimed to bring together learning from a consultation with various stakeholders (including preservation, conservation and green groups, developers and landowners, planners, young people and residents in general) to inform the city’s conservation officers. The resulting guidance ‘Warmer Bath’ has already influenced the council’s policy documents on sustainable retrofit.

Cheltenham Green Doors are now planning a publication to help homeowners understand the issues and solutions associated with ‘greening’ the town’s traditional buildings. Also in the pipeline is an award scheme for exemplary work to achieve this.

See here for updates and more Cheltenham Green Doors events. 

Image: Peter, flickr

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