Expert to give tips on making old houses more environmentally friendly

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An expert on making old houses more eco-friendly is going to give a talk in Douglas on Thursday (July 20).

Marianne Suhr’s talk, ’restoration and energy efficiency’ will take place at the Manx Museum from 7pm.

Marianne, who was co-presenter of BBC2’s ’Restoration’ and more recently, Channel 4’s ’Restoration of the Year’, will be delivering a talk with an Isle of Man audience in mind.

She will discuss restoration case studies - using her own home as an example - the use of appropriate materials and will be able to offer advice on how sensitive repairs can be made to improve the energy efficiency of an old building whilst retaining its integrity and all its imperfections.

A chartered building surveyor, Marianne specialises in the restoration and repair of old buildings and, as well as restoring three of her own homes and entertaining and educating television audiences, she is the co-author of ’Old House Handbook’ and ’Old House Eco Handbook’.

She backs ’repair’ rather than ’replace’ and enjoys the challenge of reworking buildings and updating tired interiors, and in particular the use of traditional materials to give buildings an authentic feel and finish.

Marianne lectures extensively on building repair, and runs courses for builders, homeowners and professionals.

She set up the Old House Consultancy and runs repair projects in the Oxfordshire area, focussing on timber framed buildings, lime mortars and plasters, and energy efficiency.

On Friday, July 21, an Isle of Architecture symposium explores the creative, sympathetic and sustainable re-use of historic buildings and includes speakers from some of the UK’s leading architectural studios operating in the heritage space, and from organisations at the forefront of finding sustainable solutions for historic buildings.

Neal Charlton (Buttress), Jamie Coath (Purcell) and Peter Aiers (Churchâ??esâ?? Conservation Trust) have all worked on major projects in the UK and further afield, and Isle of Architecture expects this event to again attract professionals and the general public.

Neal Charlton, director of Manchester-based architects Buttress, is a conservation architect whose projects include modern interventions to historic settings that include scheduled monuments.

He is a key part of the practice’s arts and culture team and as an experienced design team leader has worked with architects and specialist exhibition designers to deliver full museum projects.

He is also a judge of the Civic Trust Conservation Awards.

Jamie Coath is senior partner and technical and conservation advisor.

His specialist expertise is in taking conservation projects with initial potential for the Heritage Lottery Funding and then building them into viable schemes.

Peter Aiers joined the Churchâ??esâ?? Conservation Trust in 2007, with a specific role to find ’sustainable’ solutions to complex urban churches.

This half-day event is aimed at built environment and heritage professionals as well as anyone with an interest in the future of the island’s historic buildings.

’We are hoping this symposium will attract a wide audience of professionals, representatives of central and local government and the heritage bodies as well as anyone who is interested in the sustainable future of the island’s built environment,’ saids Dr Catriona Mackie from Isle of Architecture.

’We know that the range of experience and specific interests of the speakers will mean a lively and fascinating morning. But it won’t be just a question of sitting and listening; we will end the morning with a roundtable discussion when the audience will be to take part and direct questions to Peter, Neal and Jamie as well as some local experts.’

Tickets for Marianne Suhr’s talk (£7) and the half-day symposium (£10) are available separately from Eventbrite using the links on or from

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Will the lady be doing the House of Keys?

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