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The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) was launched in November 2011 at Somerset House London and was the brainchild of our Director Professor John Edwards. The organisation that became known as the STBA was created out of the sector skills agreement between English Heritage (now Historic England) and ‘Construction Skills’ (now CITB). Whilst working at English Heritage John Edwards managed this agreement and with Seamus Hanna of CITB brought the UK’s heritage organisations together to agree upon creating a mainstream voice. Subsequent agreement with mainstream institutions and the Good Homes Alliance led by Neil May created a grouping of organisations with a common purpose. Six years on the STBA has done many great things in producing guidance and an online tool mostly aimed at the retrofitting of buildings. It has also been an important voice in trying to bring sense to government policy and practices by industry. But according to Professor Edwards: “We haven’t quite managed to provide that mainstream voice we originally set out to achieve”. John added: “The need for this mainstream voice is so important as I see every week when I survey older buildings being ruined through being treated as if they were modern”. Edwards Hart are receiving an increasing number of enquires requiring our building pathology services especially concerning dampness in buildings. Contact us for more information.