The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Ar­chi­tects to ex­plain retrofitti­ng

- BY JAMES WYL­LIE Climate Change · Ecology · Environmental Economics · Business · Scotland · Sutherland · Aberdeenshire · Carbon Dioxide · Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment · Sutherland

More than £10 bil­lion is to be spent in the com­ing years retrofitti­ng Scot­land’s his­toric build­ings to meet cli­mate change and fuel poverty tar­gets.

And to­mor­row a team of lead­ing ar­chi­tects are to meet and ex­plain how decades and even cen­turies-old prop­er­ties can be altered to lower en­ergy spend­ing.

As well as sav­ing money, the mea­sures will cut car­bon diox­ide emis­sions and re­duce the need for as much elec­tric­ity to be pro­duced at the same time.

Scott Suther­land School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Built En­vi­ron­ment lec­turer, Amar Ben­nadji, retro­fit­ted an 18th Cen­tury listed build­ing to re­duce heat­ing en­ergy by 56%.

He will speak at a con­fer­ence at Robert Gor­don Univer­sity in Aberdeen to­mor­row. He said: “At a con­ser­va­tive es­ti­mate, £10-12 bil­lion is to be spent im­prov­ing the en­ergy per­for­mance of Scot­tish homes to meet cli­mate change and fuel poverty ob­jec­tives.

“We are there­fore en­ter­ing a crit­i­cal time for this topic and it is es­sen­tial to en­sure we make the most of this in­vest­ment and that work is done ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively.”

The sus­tain­able ren­o­va­tion con­fer­ence, co-hosted by RGU and the Peb­ble Trust, will be held from 5pm-7.30pm to­mor­row.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, or to book tick­ets, visit

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