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Synergy of Fabric and Energy Conservation in Older Historic Properties

10 Nov 2011
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Where: Seminar room 505, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HG
Times: 12.30 -14.00 [GMT] (12:00 for lunch)

It is vital that older properties and current stock buildings in Scotland are analysed and refurbished adequately to increase its thermal response, increase thermal comfort, reduce fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. By doing so the tough targets imposed by the Scottish and UK governments can be partially met and while doing so increase the life line of our existing stock of buildings.

The Academic consultancy conducted in collaboration with The Morison Partnership, architects and CDM Co-ordinators, has taken a 19th Century two storey mansion house in Alyth, Blairgowrie as a case study in which fabric interventions and energy efficient alternatives were tested, all of which were taken into consideration in later architectural solutions and specifications.

The work included the creation of a dynamic thermal simulation model of the two storey house in its current form which latterly, per the architect's original specifications and some in house alternatives, was enhanced and evaluated to create an expected energy outline and cost savings. The objective was to create a series of alternatives that would potentially reduce the thermal transmittance of the elements and hence reduce the energy demand of the buildings water & space heating technology.

The simulation permitted such study to test various alternatives related to; wall, roof void, and floor insulation types and quantities coupled with alternatives in window type and performance. With these solutions and alternatives it was possible to reduce the air infiltration of the building making it air tight without compromising on indoor air quality or creating moisture irregularities in the original fabric.

The results of the fabric intervention indicated expected energy consumption patterns (in accordance to actual energy bills and usage) which were then implemented to create small renewable energy alternatives by adequately sizing the systems and therefore providing a more realistic approach to new technology for sourcing green energy.

The conclusions derived from this study have been vital to appropriately specifying materials and procedures in the refurbishment of the house which will in the long run be beneficial to the owners, by paying less energy and paying back their investment, and also to the environment by reducing the ecological footprint of the property and its users.


Julio Bros-Williamson, Edinburg Napier University

Dr. Cameron Purdie, The Morrison Partnership


There are two ways to attend this event.

All CIC Start Online members will be invited to attend the online webinar and will receive an email with the meeting link. This will provide a live video feed, presentation and chat area - with the opportunity to contribute to the discussion using the Q&A (online chat) facility.

Online attendance is free of charge to CIC Start Online members.

Please register as a member here – project membership is free.


You can also attend the seminar in person.

A buffet lunch will be provided before the event, providing opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and the seminar speakers.   Lunch and registration starts at 12:00, with the seminar commencing at 12:30.

If you wish to attend the seminar in person, please complete the registration form below.

The price is £70 per delegate (£50 for CIC Start Online members).


The seminar fee may be 50% funded by Skills Development Scotland if the business employs less than 250 people and meets Skills Development Scotland's criteria.  After booking the course, please contact or call 0300 456 8731.


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