Media Release: New specialist event on making historical buildings in the north of Scotland more energy efficient

NEW specialist training on making hard to treat buildings – particularly historical ones – more energy efficient will be held in Inverness for the first time later this month.

Leading sustainability charity, Changeworks, will demonstrate proven methods of making hard to treat and historical buildings across the north of Scotland more energy efficient.

The ‘Solutions for Hard to Treat Buildings’ training will be at the Changeworks office at Fairways Business Park, Inverness, on July 21, 2011.

The event will give expert advice on making hard to treat buildings, such as listed and conservation grade buildings, more energy efficient and adaptable to new renewable technologies.

Teresa Bray, chief executive at Changeworks, said: “Across Scotland, and particularly the Highlands, there are thousands of buildings of architectural and historical interest. But, due to their age, design or planning restrictions it can be difficult to make them energy efficient.

“Even buildings that aren’t listed or in conservation areas can be hard to treat. In Inverness town centre, there are stone houses, tenements and divided town houses, where multiple ownership can cause difficulties if any building improvements are needed.

“In rural areas, cottages and buildings with solid walls, that are also off the mains gas network, are particularly tricky to make more energy efficient.

“Changeworks has worked on historic and hard to treat buildings for many years, and is on hand to show that there are solutions to these problems.”

She added: “We want to provide people with the relevant knowledge and practical skills so they can go on and work with buildings that may have previously been a challenge in this area.”

The training is open to local architects, surveyors, community groups, local authority and, housing association building managers, and anyone else who works with hard to treat buildings.

It will cover the technologies available, from insulation to micro-renewables and the potential costs and carbon savings associated with such projects. Logistics of installation, use behaviour and non-traditional construction are also covered.

Changeworks has recently worked on successful projects with Historic Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage.

Its energy efficiency schemes have been recognised nationally and internationally, winning it awards for best practice.

The event will run from 9:30am – 4:30pm and costs £175 plus VAT.

For more information or to book a place people can contact Catherine Fong on 0131 555 4010 or email A booking form can also be downloaded from


Notes to editor:

Changeworks is a charity and social enterprise that provides practical, straightforward solutions to tackle waste and energy use. It has delivered practical energy projects for over 20 years and specializes in hard to treat buildings. For more examples of our work, visit

Spokespeople are available for interview.

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