Sustaining the old: traditional craft skills and sustainable materials in building conservation

Sustaining the old: traditional craft skills and sustainable materials in building conservation


once a building has been restored it starts a new life is a welcoming place for people to stay but just like any home there are jobs to keep up with and these are overseen by our team of surveyors carol paton looks after building since southwest of england so every year we do an annual inspection with with a regional property manager and obviously over a longer period we might be looking at upgrading so we might be looking at putting a new heating system in or on the bathroom or a new kitchen just in the same way that your duty or in house with regard to heating we look there’s a first port of call ready at green energy and trying to introduce green energy into our buildings not only because it’s cheaper for it the rowing costs of it but quite often it’s better for the building because we can heat the building for a longer period but to a lower temperature so it has less of the shock of a traditional central heating system which comes on for four hours and goes off for four hours so that’s a route we’re taking Anderson house we’re going to be trying an air-to-air heat source which is a first for us we’ve used an air to water so we use a heat pump that takes energy from the air and transfers that water into a wet system like the traditional radiator system or an underfloor heating system but Anderson house will be the first way we’ve tried taking the energy from the air and then blowing it around the building Anderson house is a bit unusual in that it’s an open plan building so we’re that does lend itself to that and we don’t have many buildings that would actually do that our buildings generally require the skills of traditional crafts men and women these specialist skills have in the past often been difficult to source the skills we need I’ve noticed really over the last ten years that there’s been much there’s much more awareness of the needs of old buildings then there was say 20 years ago when everybody was using cement for everything people are now much more aware of the benefits of using lime and traditional materials and with that has come a bit of an upsurge really in traditional crafts the college’s a much more aware of that and they’re training people in traditional skills I think Billy working with old buildings does appeal to youngsters because it’s in some ways more hands-on you get more involved with the building when you would with it with a modern building it’s not just about going to a site and laying the number of bricks in a day it’s much more about a feel and an empty with the building and that’s I think what we find our craftsmen really enjoy about the buildings that they work with that they can get under the skin of the building and they enjoy the province that that throws up and that they’re not having to do something mechanical day after day every day requires a different thought process different skill and the rewards at the end oh you know great because they can stand back and look at the building and feel proud of what they’ve done and I think that’s what we all kind of looked for in a day’s work really but working with old buildings is not just about repair and renewal there is much to learn from these old buildings that helps advance and test new green ideas and technologies I like my personal feeling is that the traditional web building was a very green way of building because things were local they were dug out of the ground locally use what you had lately you didn’t transport it because you haven’t got the transport you use the local labor because that you couldn’t bring labour in some of the new the newest technology is using things like hemp and lime cream and really there’s nothing new in there it’s just they’re using hemp and they’re not using straw so you know a new way of building is looking back to the old ways of doing things I think and it’s being done with great success you know the embodied energy and in buildings built like that is much much lower than using a lot of cement and and manufactured products plastics on the like

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