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The right time for heat pumps in retrofit

Newly installed Daikin air source heat pump (ASHP)

A new research report by Sustainable Buildings Alliance member the Passivhaus Trust examines the question of the right time to install a heat pump in existing homes. Decarbonising home heating is an urgent priority, and heat pumps are ...

Championing natural materials to de-risk retrofit

Wood fibre insulation between rafters | image: Babatunde Ibrahim, Ecotecture Ltd

In a new paper, the STBA, which is hosted by the SDF, has identified a number of barriers to best practice retrofit of traditional solid wall buildings, and calls for steps to be taken to remove these ...

The 2024 ASBP Award winners

ASBP Awards 2024

The winners of the 2024 ASBP Awards have been announced. Now in their sixth year, the awards highlight projects, products and initiatives that excel when assessed against six pillars of sustainable construction: Health & Well-being, Resource Efficiency, Whole ...

Response to the Future Homes Standard consultation

Response to the Future Homes Standard consultation

The Sustainable Development Foundation has supported a growing collection of organisations in delivering a united response to the current Future Homes Standard consultation. All are agreed that neither of the options put forward in the consultation consultation go ...

2024 Neil May Memorial Lecture

2024 Neil May Memorial Lecture

The third Neil May Memorial Lecture will take place on Thursday 21 March at midday. Titled Mould, Damp and Health Inequalities, it will focus attention on an issue that Neil worked hard to combat, and the potential that ...

Durley Chine Environmental Hub added to SDF Exemplars Library

Footprint Architects Durley Chine Environmental Hub

The latest addition to the SDF's Exemplars Library is Durley Chine Environmental Hub, a multi-functional enhancement to Bournemouth's seafront. Its mission is to reduce waste, drive a step change in behaviour and build environmental guardianship of the coastline, ...

CALECHE: supporting decisions for heritage renovation

Photo of cottages on Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

The STBA, which is hosted by the SDF, has been confirmed as a Horizon Europe funded project leader for a three year period, working to deliver support for people-centred approaches to historic renovation projects, which balance embodied and ...

New research from the Good Homes Alliance: incentivising better homes

New research from the Good Homes Alliance: incentivising better homes

A new publication by SDF Alliance member the Good Homes Alliance examines the thesis that a positive 'tipping point' has been reached when financial opportunity and the imperative to reach net zero by delivering sustainable buildings coincide ...

Traditional Whole House Retrofit at Ton Pentre: monitoring results

Window reveal exposed prior to repair and installation of internal wall insulation (IWI)

The case study report on a multi-year project to deliver and assess a whole house retrofit of a small solid wall mid-terrace home in the South Wales Valleys has just been published. The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA), ...

National Retrofit Hub welcomes new co-directors

NRH co-directors

The National Retrofit Hub, which is hosted by the Sustainable Development Foundation in its development phase, has this summer welcomed Rachael Owens and Sara Edmonds as co-directors to lead the team and further its progress towards enabling the ...