Sustainable Renovation Guide
The Pebble Trust sometimes develops its own projects where we identify key opportunities for progress which we believe we can assist with, and that are not being addressed.
During 2018 we developed a guide to the sustainable renovation of existing homes in partnership with John Gilbert Architects, the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA), Historic Environment Scotland and the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland. In the guide, we have described ten ways in which those involved in the retrofit and renovation of Scotland’s homes can improve upon current practice, achieving better energy performance while simultaneously gaining wider sustainability benefits.
We looked at a more balanced approach that values energy efficiency equally with the health of occupants and the long-term durability of buildings, and that considers the reality of buildings as built, rather than the theoretical models which tend to inform policy and practice. We looked at how we can better engage with people, and learn from established conservation practice to help with the practicalities of working with older buildings.
The new guide was launched at the Engine Shed, Stirling in October 2018 and at Eden Court in Inverness, in November 2018.
Based on the success of the Sustainable Renovation Guide, the Pebble Trust commissioned John Gilbert Architects to produce a policy pamphlet, putting forward ideas for policy, financial and regulatory changes to support the practical improvements proposed in the guide. Find out more or download a free copy of the pamplet.