Talk on energy efficiency for historic properties next Tue at 7:00 Highfield Church Centre

Pete Thomas

This may be of interest to residents. The challenge of making historic properties more efficient, which is vert relevant to our conservation area.


Talks at Highfield Church centre on Tuesday 24 May at 7.00pm.

Retrofitting historic properties: using case studies and reference projects to de-mystify the challenge

Gary Wilburn MSc BA(Hons) FCSD AECB
Chair of Trustees of the Association for Environment Conscious Building
Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, Managing Director of EP projects

Delivery of retrofit and energy efficiency projects through community energy organisations

Laura Wilson
Community Energy project Manager at Community Energy South
Head of Communities at Pure Leapfrog
Former director of SE24 Community Energy

This meeting has been arranged by Transition Southampton Member Roger Munford and is open to all. Roger writes:

My house, almost 100 years old, has 5 chimneys and used to have a coal bunker. The first occupants probably burnt plenty of coal in the winter and had no problem with ventilation, the chimneys being permanently open to the atmosphere.

Then came gas central heating which was very convenient and comfortable but because it produced less heat, chimneys were blocked, lofts were insulated and draughts were excluded. Therefore, ventilation was vastly reduced and as a result condensation and health issues emerged.

We are now on the brink of the third heating age. Soon, gas will no longer be a heating option and will be replaced by some form of electrical heating providing less direct heat. To maintain our present comfort levels, this heat must be used more effectively which will necessitate the introduction of more complex and unfamiliar heating and ventilation systems as well as more insulation. After the work is done, it is likely that there will no noticeable improvement in comfort levels

There will be more COPs in the future, climate emergencies will be declared but it will be down to each homeowner to go through the process in the next few years. The range of technological solutions being offered is bewildering. Money could be wasted on wrong choices and houses may be damaged with damp inadvertently introduced.

Instead of each of us pondering what to do with our own house we propose this problem be approached as a community. Each house needs a solution and experience gained can be shared with similar properties.