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Old House Eco Handbook with Roger Hunt

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Join interior designer Rowena Vaughan in-conversation with author and built-environment journalist Roger Hunt about his book ‘Old House Eco Handbook’

How can we make old houses energy efficient without devaluing future sustainability? And how can we do so without compromising their appeal and character?

Old House Eco Handbook is a practical and essential guide to retrofitting for energy efficiency and sustainability. Whether your project is medieval and timber-framed or a Georgian, Victorian, or Edwardian terrace, it can be made more energy efficient and sustainable. Highly illustrated and with a foreword by Kevin McCloud, Old House Eco Handbook includes chapters on the building envelope; roofs and ceilings; windows and doors; walls; floors; paints; energy, air and water; plus, a chapter on retrofit materials.

Old House Eco Handbook, A Practical Guide to Retrofitting for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability by Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt, is published by White Lion Publishing, 2019 In association with The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). First published in 2013, the book is now in its second edition.

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Roger will begin by talking about the basic principles of retrofitting old buildings and the key issues to consider, highlighting how interior designers can retrofit period properties with sustainability and efficiency as an integral part of their designs. Roger will also touch on areas covered by two of his other titles associated with renovating old homes into modern dwellings: Old House Handbook and New Design For Old Buildings.

Rowena will be asking Roger some vital questions from the interior designer’s perspective, such as, how do you plan and approach creating sustainable period properties and what are the pitfalls that all designers must be aware of when tackling old buildings with contemporary requirements?

The floor will open for a Q&A at the end so that the audience can ask Roger questions about his book.


Confidence to embark on your next eco-project with knowledge gained through the practical advice as outlined in Old House Eco Handbook.


Interior designers at all stages of their career, and home renovators who are looking to take on an old house eco-refurbishment.


Roger Hunt

Roger Hunt is an award-winning writer and blogger with a particular interest in sustainable and vernacular architecture and the materials and techniques used in construction. He is also the author of Rural Britain: Then and Now, a celebration of the British countryside, Villages of England and Hidden Depths, an archaeological exploration of Surrey's past. He lectures on building-related issues, is a judge of annual awards for new housing and has long been involved with the SPAB. His latest renovation project is a 1900 house on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA.

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  • Winner Sustainable Property Journalist of the Year LSL Property Press Awards
  • Winner Best Blog and Best Eco Home Blog prime location Blog Awards
  • Winner B2B Property Journalist of the Year Headline Property Awards
  • Co-author New Design for Old Buildings + Old House Handbook + Old House Eco Handbook 

Rowena Vaughan

Rowena studied at Chelsea School of Art, one of London’s most prestigious art and design schools, and furthered her studies with a course in Building Surveying at the University of Westminster.  She is an Associate member of the British Institute of Interior Designer (BIID) and an active member of the BIID CPD committee.  Rowena also volunteers on the general committee of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Welcome to the BIID Book Club

The BIID Book Club is a new series of evening lectures introducing interior designers to interesting and relevant subject matter through presentations and in-conversations from industry expert authors. Join us for a peek inside the creativity, creation, curation, and content of new and exciting titles focusing on the principles and practice of our field, interior design. Got a suggestion for a book? Let us know!

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