CPD: Retrofitting the Canongate Housing Development

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Wednesday 2nd December 2020 – 12:30-1:30pm BST | via Zoom

Addressing energy efficiency is one of the most pressing issues for older, traditionally-constructed buildings. Retrofitting can bring new life to old buildings whatever their age, use or type. Low energy refurbishments designed to minimise fuel bills will enhance traditional buildings for improved function and less running costs whilst retaining original features and charm.

Join us for this CPD, delivered by Scott Abercrombie and Barbara Lantschner from John Gilbert Architects, to look in detail at their retrofitting methodology in the context of their ongoing project to improve the energy efficiency of the Canongate Housing Development, alongside undertaking vital conservation work. The Canongate Housing Development is a Cat B listed post-war complex, designed by Sir Basil Spence and completed in 1969.

This project presents a great opportunity to upgrade these iconic flats to meet modern environmental standards. Doing so will reduce the high cost of heating apartments, and ensure the building is wind and watertight. This CPD will cover John Gilbert Architects’ approach and give an insight into the progress of this important project.

This event is presented as part of our “GCHT Conservation and Climate Change” series.

Scott Abercrombie is an associate director of John Gilbert Architects, his professional work primarily focuses on the adaptive reuse of traditional buildings, and the conservation and retrofit of tenements.

Barbara Lantschner is an experienced Building Performance Specialist leading the Hab-Lab Building Performance Evaluation service and Deep Retrofit projects at JGA, focusing on Post Occupancy Evaluation, energy efficiency assessment, energy modelling, performance gap assessment, renewable energy assessment, Indoor Air Quality, ventilation, building-users engagement programmes.

All GCHT CPD sessions are recognised by the IHBC, and attendees can obtain a CPD certificate upon completion.

£15 per person / £10 for students.



All sessions are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as being capable of contributing to the obligatory CPD requirements of Full Members (see www.ihbc.org.uk)

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