Water floods the floor of a building. Peeling paint falls from columns and fills the puddles.

Climate Change and Heritage

Our Climate Change and the Historic Environment programme delivers training that will deepen understanding of the role that the historic environment can play in climate action and aid the deployment of existing and emerging government policies, legislation and good practice on climate change.

The programme is aimed primarily at local authority historic environment services, planning officers, other professionals whose advice-giving or decision-making affects the historic environment and heritage organisations involved in climate change adaptation or mitigation measures affecting heritage.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • Deepen understanding of the impact of climate change on the historic environment and the role it can play in climate action
  • Improve knowledge and increase confidence to advise on planning policy-related challenges and to deliver practical measures for climate mitigation, adaptation and risk management
  • Share knowledge and current research with a focus on technical conservation
  • Support heritage organisations that are working towards achieving Net Zero

Climate change and the historic environment

Module 1: What is Climate Change?

An introduction to climate change covering what it is, what causes it, and what the effects and impacts are. This course also covers the deeper international and UK-centric policies towards climate change.

Module 2: Climate Change and Heritage

This course explores how climate change might impact heritage in the UK, including the threat of climate-driven loss, the positive role heritage can play in helping to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and how society's responses to climate change can impact heritage.

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Retrofit: Traditional vs Modern Construction

Repairing and adapting existing buildings presents a more sustainable option when compared to demolition and new construction. A good retrofit will successfully reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions (both operational and embodied), whilst improving health and comfort. This course provides a view of the differences between traditional and modern construction, focusing on fabric performance, building use and heritage significance, to highlight risks of retrofitting traditionally constructed buildings.

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