Energy Efficiency Improvements for Traditionally Constructed Buildings

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This half-day seminar will explore practical solutions to improving energy efficiency in traditional and historic buildings.

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Course Leader: Dr Moses Jenkins, Senior Technical Officer, Historic Environment Scotland

Time: 09:30 - 13:40

Price: €75

CPD Points: 4


This half-day seminar will explore practical solutions to improving energy efficiency in traditional and historic buildings in the context of global climate change and the growing body of research in the field developed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) over the past 15 years. HES has been an international leader in developing best practice solutions for thermal upgrading of historic buildings and has informed policy guidance in many countries across Europe, including Ireland. Dr Moses Jenkins has led much of this research and is widely respected internationally for the breadth of his expertise and clear communication of the subject.

In a series of live online lectures with opportunities for questions and answers, Dr Jenkins will explore moisture, ventilation and temperature management in historic buildings and explain a range of specific fabric improvement measures that may be undertaken to different elements of a building. Specifically, these will include thermal upgrading to roofs and attics, floors, windows and doors, walls and chimneys, and the materials and products now commonly available for such works. Crucially, the methods outlined are designed to allow old buildings to continue to function in terms of maintaining ventilation and moisture permeability, retaining historic character and minimising the visual impact of the changes.

Dr Jenkins will explore case studies from a series of trials and pilot projects undertaken or managed by HES in which energy saving measures were applied in a variety of traditional properties throughout Scotland, including detached rural cottages, tenement flats, townhouses and public buildings dating from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the principles are applicable to the solid wall construction of most Irish traditional buildings, in both urban and rural settings, and to the similarity of windy and moisture-laden climates between Scotland and many parts of Ireland.


09.30 Welcome & Introduction

09:35 Traditional Buildings, Moisture and Ventilation

10.25 Break

10.35 Insulating Traditional Masonry Walls

11.25 Q&A

11:40 Break

11.50 Improvement Options for Windows, Floors and Roof Spaces

12.40 Break

12.50 Standards, Specifications and Training Considerations

13.20 Q&A

13.40 Close

Speaker Biography

Dr Moses Jenkins has worked for Historic Environment Scotland for 15 years where he is Senior Technical Officer. He has written various guidance notes over this time most notably on the subjects of brick and energy efficiency. In 2009 he edited the book Building Scotland and in 2018 authored the book The Scottish Brick Industry. He gained his PhD through the study of Scottish traditional brickwork in 2017 and is a conservation accredited member of the CIOB. At present he is engaged in the development of standards and qualifications to improve knowledge of retrofit measures for traditionally constructed buildings.

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