Sustainable Renovation Guide

The Pebble Trust sometimes develops its own projects where we identify key opportunities for progress which we believes we can assist with and that are not being addressed.

For the past year we have been developing a guide to the sustainable renovation of existing homes in partnership with John Gilbert Architects, the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) and Historic Environment Scotland. In the guide, we describe 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 look 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 look 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 in Stirling, and there will be a Highland launch in Inverness from 6-8pm on 28th Novmber at Eden Court. This will be of interest to anyone involved in retrofit projects or the renovation of their own home. It's free to attend but numbers are limited. Tickets can be obtained from

The book is free to download as a PDF. Printed copies will be available shortly, priced at £10 (the cost of printing) plus P & P. Contact us if you want to reserve a copy.

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