New construction body will help retrofit traditional buildings

A new group that aims to support and safeguard the UK’s oldest buildings through sustainable retrofitting has been set up. The Sustainable Traditional Building Alliance (STBA) will share expertise in […]

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By Tom Gibson

A new group that aims to support and safeguard the UK’s oldest buildings through sustainable retrofitting has been set up. The Sustainable Traditional Building Alliance (STBA) will share expertise in improving pre-1919 buildings and will support companies through the Green Deal, which aims to improve energy efficiency in the UK properties.

The UK has the oldest building stock in the western world and as such suffers from inefficient buildings, which lead to higher emissions and higher bills.

Steve Geary, Skills Strategy Director at CITB-Construction Skills said: “With the Government’s Green Deal policy due in 2012, the STBA will add value by ensuring that the opportunity is taken to integrate the different needs of traditional buildings in the drive to create a genuinely sustainable built environment in a cost-effective, safer and more durable way.”

The STBA will target key areas such as the energy consumption of buildings and their occupants, the health of occupants, the well-being and durability of the building fabric and their impacts on communities. It will also emphasise the skills required to maintain traditional buildings and energy efficiency over their lifetime, as well as making them greener.