Marmite buildings need love too

This week on Building4Change.com, I published a case study about the refurbishment of Guy’s Tower, that impressive hulk of brutalist mid-twentieth century architecture which has dominated the Southwark skyline for the past 40 years. That dominance has been replaced by its new neighbour, the gleaming scalpel-sharp Shard, but Guy’s Tower is still keeping it real,…

Code aims to raise insulation standards

Last month Blackpool Council launched a contractors’ code of conduct and guidance for solid wall insulation (SWI) projects to improve quality of work and to help preserve the character of Victorian and Edwardian terraces. Contractors who sign up to the code of conduct will be included on an approved list of SWI contractors. The documents…

Westminster publishes heritage retrofit guides

Last month HB Digest reported that English Heritage was looking for heritage buildings in Soho as low carbon retrofit case studies. This area of London’s West End is packed with historic buildings, including Georgian terraces, which contribute to Westminster’s carbon footprint, one of the highest in the country. So if the footprint can be reduced…

EH seeks a Soho house

English Heritage (EH) is searching for a historic building in the heart of the West End to install energy efficiency measures. It wants to demonstrate how they can be made greener and reduce fuel bills without being harmed. Speaking at a conference on 31 January, 2013 EH’s Claire Craig said, “It is about working with…