NSCES Publications and links

The Heritage Council, ICOMOS Ireland and partners have produced a report on Deep Energy Renovation of Traditional Buildings with support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The report deals with how to reduce energy use in older buildings that are constructed differently to modern buildings and so need a different approach.

This much-needed body of research includes and highlights potential renovation risks such as damp. It is designed to inform building professionals and specifiers but would be of interest to anyone looking to make an older building warmer and more comfortable. The report is available to download for free from the Heritage Council and ICOMOS Ireland websites and includes hundreds of links to further sources of information.

The report is the result of a research project commissioned by the Heritage Council and funded by a grant from the SEAI Research, Development and Dissemination Programme. The research was carried out by Dr Caroline Engel Purcell, with the support of Carrig Conservation International Ltd, and the ICOMOS Ireland National Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change (NSCES+CC) acted as the expert Steering Committee.

A link to the final report is available here.


-        ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Energy and Sustainability (ISCES) http://isces.icomos.org/

-        Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) is a collaboration of not for profit organisations, promoting Responsible Retrofit (Energy, Health & Heritage) for a sustainable traditional built environment. http://stbauk.org/

-        Historic Environment Scotland https://www.historicenvironment.scot/advice-and-support/your-property/saving-energy-in-traditional-buildings/

-        The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) http://www.spab.org.uk/advice/energy-efficiency/

-        Energy Efficiency for EU Historic Districts’ Sustainability (EFFESUS) EFFESUS is a research project investigating the energy efficiency of European historic urban districts and developing technologies and systems for its improvement. http://www.effesus.eu/

-        Energy Efficiency in European Historic Urban Disctricts; A Practical Guidance (EFFESUS 2016) http://www.effesus.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/EFFESUS_Booklet_Final-Version.pdf

-        Sustainable Building Conservation; Theory and Practice of Responsive Design in the Heritage Environment (RIBA 2015) http://www.ribabookshops.com/item/sustainable-building-conservation-theory-and-practice-of-responsive-design-in-the-heritage-environment/82398/