Integrating Building Services into Historic Buildings


September 4 2014 • 2.00pm
to 4.30pm


Gursharan Kaur 0121 233 2321


The Bond, 122 Fazeley Street, B5 5SE, Birmingham


Adults: £102 (£85 + VAT)
Concessions: £18 (£15 + VAT)
Members: £70.80 (£59 + VAT)


Adults: £102 (£85 + VAT)
Concessions: £18 (£15 + VAT)
Members: £70.80 (£59 + VAT)

This seminar will describe how to approach the integration of modern building facilities and services in historic buildings. It will analyse the possible strategies and constraints that apply, highlighting what is important whilst considering major factors such as artefacts, buildings and people.

The comprehensive analysis will specify the essential items to consider for your project:

  • building physics and environmental control such as temperature, humidity, air flow, ventilation, insulation, light, colour, noise and acoustics, water, renewables and energy
  • best practice and pitfalls including English Heritage, National Trust, commissioning and soft landings
  • standards: purists vs practicality
  • communication and the final say involving client, team, planning and conservation officers, Building Control and contractors
  • meeting other requirements such as accessibility and fire
  • installation best practices and problem solving.

The detailed description will be complemented by case studies including a review of three Grade 1 Listed libraries with very different requirements resulting in three fundamentally separate approaches - Jesus College Fellows Library, the Queens College Library and Balliol College St Cross Archive project which won the Oxford Preservation Trust Award. It will also include a case review of an abandoned courtyard and building of Blenheim Palace, achieving the Hudsons Heritage Award for Commercial Innovation and a Highly Commended citation at the ACE Awards for its Engineering Excellence.

The speaker will also itemise the 10 things to ask your services engineer and allow time for a questions and answers session.

Speaker: Alex Baines, Head of Sustainability and Building Physics, CBG Consultants CEPH, BREEAM AP, GradEI 


RIBA CPD Club Members: Free of charge 



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