Supporting Sustainable Renovation

Our Sustainable Renovation Guide was published in late 2018 and discussed the principles of a more holistic approach to retrofit along with a number of practical examples. In 2019, John Gilbert Architects were commissioned to write a follow-up pamphlet to set out a range of policy proposals which could be actioned by Scottish Government and other agencies to provide the winder context within which these efforts could be best supported.
Specifically, these measures would help:
  • ensure Scotland meets its own targets for carbon reduction, health and well-being and economic development
  • more effectively achieve energy efficiency (reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty)
  • safeguard the comfort and health of people in their own homes
  • safeguard the condition of building fabric generally, and Scotland’s built heritage
  • Within the current context of national infrastructure status and spending, these 15 proposals would lead to a shift in focus from quantity to quality in retrofit practice, which may cost more in the short term in order to save disproportionately large sums in the long term.
  • This pamphlet complements the original guide and will be of interest to anyone involved in energy, health and housing / built environment at a policy or regulatory level, as well as those who procure and design retrofit projects in public and private section organisation.
It is downloadable for free from the link below, while the original guide is downloadable for free from The Pebble Trust and the Scottish Ecological Design Association websites. A hard copy of the original guide is available at cost price from both organisations.

Download renovation policy proposals