Making heritage buildings perform

Brought to you by the CIBSE Heritage Group

Overview: The CIBSE Heritage Group has existed for over 40 years and has amassed a wealth of knowledge ( about the history of the industry and about how the internal environment has been modified (artificially) over the last two hundred years or so. In the modern quest for sustainable or low energy buildings should building services engineers be paying more attention to what was done in the past?

Stream time: 14.00 – 16.30, Tuesday 21st November 2017

Chaired by:
David Drewe,
Head of Building Services and Emergency Planning, Historic England

14:00 - 14:45

TJ1 From Anatomy to Performance – Current research into nineteenth-century building services of the Palace of Westminster

The Houses of Parliament is facing a major refurbishment, which provides the unique opportunity to re-examine the original 19th-century stack-ventilation system and explore how far it could be re-utilised. Combining building surveys with archival research and technical analysis Anatomical reconstruction of original systems Re-examining historic performance New insights into the historic methods of Building Performance Evaluations   


14:45 - 15:30

TJ2 A comprehensive air-conditioning system from the 1850s

Air conditioning of buildings is not a 20th Century invention. Henrik Schoenefeldt reports on the systems employed in the Houses of Parliament in the 1840s. The most successful system of the period (designed by the same ‘engineer’) was in Liverpool and first came into use in 1851. This system was still in use in 1984, although by that time there Continue Reading »


  • Dr Neil Sturrock Chairman - CIBSE Heritage Group and former Senior Lecturer in Building Energy Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
15:30 - 15:45

Break & exhibition visit

15:45 - 16:30

TJ3 Dealing with historic buildings and their building services

Andrew will explore the following: some fundamental concepts recording what exists what to do when a system fails re-use of existing equipment calculations and rules-of-thumb installation – materials, aesthetics, locations and use controls and operation some electrical matters   


  • Andrew More Senior Building Services Engineer - Conservation Department, Historic England