Energy conservation in traditional buildings

Wednesday 17 May 2017



The course

A day school considering the issues surrounding the improvement of energy efficiency in traditional buildings, including:

  • General introduction: Traditional buildings and energy efficiency
  • Understanding the building: The importance of performance and a review of some of the methods available for assessing and measuring performance
  • Available measures for improving energy efficiency: A review of some of the options available and their suitability and effectiveness when applied to traditional buildings
  • Case studies applying the theory to real life buildings
  • Question and answer session

The tutor

Richard Oxley is RICS Accredited in Building Conservation. Richard has had several articles and guidance notes published. He jointly drafted the ‘Guide to building services for historic buildings – sustainable services for traditional buildings’ published by The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in November 2002. In May 2003 his book the ‘Survey and Repair of Traditional Buildings – A sustainable approach’ was published by Donhead.

Oxley Conservation
Oxley Conservation is a leader in the new field of sustainable building conservation, providing advice about compatible ways to improve energy conservation in traditional buildings. The practice has advised English Heritage on Part L of the Building Regulations, RDSAP, Home Condition reports and has contributed technical information to the English Heritage ‘Climate change and your home’ website.
The practice offers a broad spectrum of services to owners and custodians of old buildings, including building surveys, contract supervision, and consultancy.

Participant information

Please bring warm outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear, as the day will include a study visit to some of the Museum’s exhibit buildings.


£115 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees and a light lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 50 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.