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In this December/January’s issue of the RICS Conservation Journal, Dr. Robyn Pender, Historic England’s Senior Architectural Conservator discusses ‘Holistic Histories’: how looking to the past could inform future building use. She mentions our Partner Sarah Khan’s research at the Grade I listed Architectural Association in Bedford Square as an example, where Sarah re-introduced some historic original elemnts that had been lost, to improve the environmental performance. Some elements successfully re-intoduced were external awnings for shading, gauze curtains for glare control, and mock-tapestries for insulation.

Robyn concludes that active participation of ocupants in essential while introducing energy-saving measures (as was done in Sarah’s research.) She asserts that building performance experts should also receive training conservation.

 

RICS Journal January 2017: Holistic Histories Article by Robyn Pender.

RICS Journal December 2017/ January 2018: Holistic Histories Article by Robyn Pender.

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Showing external awnings on windows.

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Image shows external awnings on windows.