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Energy Efficiency for Basil Spence Housing

A new project combines conservation and energy efficiency in a modern listed building.

Jul 20, 2012

The initiative will see Edinburgh World Heritage working in partnership with the Brown’s Close Area Association, Historic Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council, as part of EWH’s Climate Challenge Fund project to promote energy efficiency in the World Heritage Site.

The project will focus on the remarkable Canongate Housing development, designed by Edinburgh-based architects Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson in 1959. It was commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Corporation at a time of major slum clearance and new housing projects throughout the city centre. The development is now a category B listed building, as a key example of Sir Basil Spence’s approach in combining contextual design with the Modernist ideals of the post-War era.

The initial phase of the project will comprise the production of a conservation statement, an analysis of the concrete and an energy assessment. The conservation statement will establish the significance of the building and develop a proposed strategy for conservation, whilst guiding alterations to improve energy performance.

Chiara Ronchini, Energy Efficiency Manager for Edinburgh World Heritage said: “The project idea was sparked by the Brown’s Close Residents, following on from last year’s thermal imaging surveys. This is an excellent opportunity for researching into measures to improve the energy efficiency of a wonderful building, whilst preserving its character. From a research point of view, this project can be seen as a case study for best practice for listed 20th century homes, which are plentiful in Edinburgh and Scotland.”

Ian Buchanan, Operations Manager, City Centre & Leith Neighbourhood Partnership said; “It is a pleasure to work in partnership with Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Scotland helping City Centre residents maintain their homes in this prominent building.”

A spokesman for Historic Scotland said: “Having conducted research into the energy efficiency of traditional buildings, Historic Scotland is now looking to include historic but non-traditional buildings of our more recent past.”

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