Retrofitting historic buildings - London



September 16 2014 • 6.00pm
to 8.30pm


Emma Livingston-Jones 0207 307 3681


RIBA 66 Portland Place, London


£85+VAT (£102)

£15+VAT (£18)

£59+VAT (£70.80)


£85+VAT (£102)

£15+VAT (£18)

£59+VAT (£70.80)

Retrofitting traditional and historic is one of the key challenges for the UK built environment. A holistic approach is required to make these buildings environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

This seminar explores the issues and solutions surrounding historic building retrofits, adopting a practical approach illustrated by case studies and the latest research.

In addition to quantifiable considerations such as technical options, planning legislation, capital costs and efficiency standards, less tangible issues will also be considered. Occupant behaviour, performance predictions, conservation principles, aesthetics and occupied building retrofit must all be understood. Architects need to know when to engage planning and conservation bodies, how to marry modern materials with old buildings, and what could go wrong.

This seminar will focus on London, drawing on other UK projects and policy as applicable. It will cover:

  1. Key elements of a successful refurbishment strategy
  2. Constraints (e.g. planning, technical, financial) of upgrading historic buildings, and how to overcome them
  3. Risks of inappropriate inteventions
  4. Introduction of modern materials into traditional buildings
  5. What is meant by ‘success’ for sustainable historic building retrofits

Case studies will illustrate the seminar content throughout, and a current London-based refurbishment project will be presented, with a chance for open discussion of the issues and possible solutions.

Speaker: Nicholas Heath

Nicholas Heath is Director of NDM Heath Ltd, a Yorkshire-based sustainable energy consultancy. Nicholas specialises in traditional and historic buildings, and has many years’ experience in training development and delivery. He also provides SAP and BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment assessment services. Past clients include English Heritage, Historic Scotland, the Scottish Government, UNESCO, EST, CITB, SPAB and the STBA.

Prior to founding NDM Heath Ltd. in 2013 Nicholas worked for Changeworks, a leading Scottish sustainable development organisation, where he led many high profile, award-winning projects retrofitting historic buildings. He is the author of numerous technical guides and research reports.

Nicholas is an IHBC Affiliate and Technical Panel member. He also sits on the Steering Group of the STBA, and is Associate Consultant with Changeworks.



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Full RIBA Conservation Seminar Series (6 Seminars): £250+VAT (£300)