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A thermal image of a historic lodge showing heat levels

Inform Friday: An Introduction to Energy Efficiency in Older Buildings

Friday 5 November 2021


General interest

Quite technical

Event Description

Do you own a home or building that’s older than 1919? With this free livestream series, experts Lila Angelaka and Roger Curtis will take you through different parts of traditional buildings and how they were made to help you understand more about your older building.

This session we will be looking at what you can do to make a traditional building more energy efficient. So if you want to know how to keep the heat in without compromising the building's historic character, tune in to this session!

We are going to be looking at one of our own buildings, Holyrood Park Lodge in Edinburgh. This is a small listed building near Holyrood Park, used as a visitor centre and shop.

At the lodge, we have undertaken a number of different energy efficiency measures to test how effective they are.

The works included insulating the roof, walls and floor. Windows and doors were also draught proofed and insulation added. We also considered ventilation.

If you want to find out more, see how effective this is, and understand how this could help you with your own building or home, join us.

You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience to watch the broadcast – we’ll cover the basics.

About our experts

  • Roger Curtis is a Technical Research Manager at Historic Environment Scotland. A Chartered Building Surveyor, Roger is experienced in repair and conservation of a wide range of traditional and historic structures
  • Lila Angelaka is a Senior Technical Officer at Historic Environment Scotland. With a background in architecture and conservation, Lila provides technical advice and writes/edits our technical publications

How to tune in

The livestream event will be streamed for free on the Engine Shed Facebook page and Historic Environment Scotland YouTube channel starting at 12 noon. Make sure you’re logged in if you'd like to join the chat and ask questions.

We'll update this event listing with the livestream links a few days before so you can save them in advance, if you need to.

There's no need to book or register.

Can’t make it? You’ll be able to watch the full recording after on Facebook and YouTube.

Send us your questions

To submit a question in advance, please email If you’re looking for repair advice, try to include some photos of your problem.

Watch our past broadcasts

Watch our past broadcasts on our Inform Friday YouTube playlist or Inform Friday Facebook playlist. Topics include an overview of traditional buildings, floors and roofs.

Friday 5 November 2021