The government is consulting on a proposed new model for English Heritage and the management of the National Heritage Collection of more than 400 buildings. Alongside this is £80 million to invest in the collection which must represent an opportunity for many companies in the construction sector.

There is growing concern about the performance gap between theoretical design and actual construction. To add to the understanding the NHBC Foundation has published details ofresearch conducted on co-heating, which works by heating the interior of a building to a uniform temperature and then recording the amount of electrical energy needed to retain this temperature over a period of around two to three weeks. This determines the building’s ‘as-built’ heat loss coefficient.

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