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Four Cities event

EWH was invited to lead a delegation to represent Edinburgh at the Four Cities event in Cambridge.

Sep 26, 2012

On Thursday 27 September, four technical teams from Edinburgh, Bath, Oxford and Cambridge met to discuss best practice in energy efficiency in traditional buildings, from the perspective of these heritage cities. In a series of presentations, delegates heard case studies from each city and discussed the lessons learnt.

It is Scottish Government policy to increase the energy efficiency of new build housing, but in fact over 80% of the buildings that will be around in 2050 exist now. The debate has therefore moved to focus on the existing building stock.

This is particularly an issue for Edinburgh, where 30% of the city’s housing was constructed before 1919 using traditional materials, and within the World Heritage Site 75% of all the building stock is listed.

Their historical significance and value create a raft of challenges, which have been tackled in a number of innovative projects and research studies. These were showcased in Cambridge by representatives from Edinburgh World Heritage, Historic Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University.

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