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We have almost reached the end of the calendar year so it’s probably a good time to have a brief look back to remind ourselves of key events that have helped or shaped the progressive heritage cause.

The Sustainable Traditional Building Alliance (STBA) launched its free Guidance Wheel in March. Funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) the tool enables retrofit measures to be assessed in a whole building manner – crucially highlighting interactions between proposed measures. Click here to use the wheel, and here to read my overview from EcoBuild.

June saw the first listed building achieve the AECB Silver Standard award. Arboreal Architecture‘s Clapham Retrofit scheme for a Grade II listed building was a finalist in the AJ Retrofit Awards 2014, proving energy-saving need not inhibit beautiful architecture. The AECB Silver Standard is extremely challenging but provides a practical route to improving energy performance. For more on the challenges of this project see my article in the 2014 Winter edition of Green Building Magazine. Click here for my post on the AECB Silver Standard.

The NPPF definition of sustainable development was tested in July in the Smithfield General Market court case brought by SAVE Britain’s Heritage. Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary highlighted the significance of heritage buildings as part of sustainable development. Click here to read my post on the public inquiry.

BRE Global launched its BREEAM Non-Domestic Refurbishment and Fit-Out assessment at MIPIM in October. Click here for information on the document, and here for my overview and commentary during its consultation phase.

October also saw the restructuring of English Heritage into ‘English Heritage’ and ‘Historic England’ confirmed – as of April 1st 2015. This is one to watch next year – and to adjust to. Click here for the summary.

If you have any other Progressive Heritage highlights of 2014 do share them.

Have a restful festive break – see you in the new year!

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