The Heritage buildings of Cheltenham need our help if we are to make them less expensive to heat and more comfortable places to live and work in without endangering their character. Heritage buildings can be sensitively improved to be more energy efficient -but what support is needed, or available, for this to happen? How can good practice be shared and encouraged? How can key groups and organisations work together to solve the challenge of making old buildings fit for the 21st century?
These and other important questions will be asked and answered at a conference being held today on the Park Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham. Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and Cheltenham Green Doors (CGD), the conference will include a broad range of expert speakers and contributors, including those from English Heritage, CBC Heritage & Conservation, the Cotswold Conservation Board and Cheltenham Civic Society – as well as CSE and CDG. 60 or so delegates have signed up for this free conference, including local architects, local authority staff, installers of insulation and renewable technology, green deal advisors and local householders.
Adrian Phillips, chair of Cheltenham Green Doors, said ”Cheltenham has a wealth of beautiful buildings, but they were not built to current standards of insulation. There is a lot of experience around about how to make heritage homes more energy efficient while keeping their character. This conference is about sharing that knowledge. Our hope is that the town can be just as beautiful in the future – but better insulated, wasting less heat and emitting less carbon”.
The anticipated outcome of the conference will be agreement around the key issues with recommended actions,. These will include an advisory publication on greening Cheltenham’s heritage, a set of case studies, recommended sources of advice and ways to encourage local organisations to work together by exchanging skills and knowledge.
Further information can be obtained from CSE Website and specifically an article published 18th Nov’14 http://www.cse.org.uk/news/view/1914
The conference venue, Fullwood House is one of the original buildings on the University’s Park Campus.
The conference is a partnership between CSE -Centre for Sustainable Energy and Cheltenham Green Doors.
This event would not be possible without the support of The Summerfield Charitable Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council Community Pride grants and The University of Gloucestershire for donating the conference facilities.
Cheltenham Green Doors is sponsored by: Transition Town Cheltenham, Vision 21, Cheltenham Connect and Transition Cleeve.