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In the Scottish Parliament the cross party group on construction has heard about the expected use of the National Conservation Centre which Historic Scotland was developing in Stirling.

FPDC’s John McKinney said: “There was significant discussion about the energy performance of traditional buildings and the challenges faced when trying to incorporate traditional materials and skills into new buildings.

“Historic Scotland’s emphasis is promoting the issues to the owners of Scotland’s 500,000 traditional homes via numerous communication methods.

“The full life cycle carbon costing of properties should be considered as traditional buildings had a long life cycle and with appropriate repairs and maintenance would continue as being an important element of the building stock for the long-term future.”

A pilot programme called Traditional Building Healthcheck ,which intends to assist owners identify problems and suggest how they can best be addressed has been published and is available at http://conservation.historic-scotland.gov.uk/scotmonumentwatchsummary.pdf