Guidance tools help address risk in retrofit projects

Responsible Retrofit Guidance Wheel and Knowledge Centre

STBA and DECC are delighted to announce the release of the Responsible Retrofit Guidance Wheel and Knowledge Centre, covering the retrofit of traditional buildings. Funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and with support from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), these online tools work together to give guidance when planning retrofit strategies in traditional buildings.

The Guidance Wheel is an online tool which highlights heritage, technical and energy issues to be considered when planning retrofit strategies.

The Knowledge Centre acts as a searchable repository of knowledge on the retrofit of traditional buildings. Directly linked to the Guidance Wheel, it sets out key information about all measures, together with concerns and actions. 

The Wheel takes into account the location, context and type of user. For any selected measure, it identifies areas of risk to occupants or building fabric and displays the links to other aspects of the building that need to be considered at the same time. 

Once the user has completed the investigation, a report can be downloaded which sets out all the context and user information together with the measures selected and the concerns raised. 

The Guidance Wheel can be accessed at:

The Knowledge Centre is an interactive database which will be constantly updated as new research becomes available and further case studies are added. Through the knowledge centre, users can readily access the published reference reports which underpin the Guidance Wheel

The Knowledge Centre can be accessed at:

“We are pleased to see the launch of these important tools for retrofitting traditional and historic buildings. The guidance wheel will allow designers and specifiers a better appreciation of the interlinking factors, and the knowledge centre will progressively become an important source of material and case studies from which the whole country can benefit”. Roger Curtis, Technical Research Manager, Historic Scotland.

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