The browser you are using is out of date and is no longer supported. To view and use this site correctly, please update your browser to the latest version.

We're changing

We are creating a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland, which will come into effect from 1 October 2015. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. We will continue to keep you up to date on developments. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.

Refurbishment Case Studies

The Historic Scotland Refurbishment Case Study series describes projects sponsored by Historic Scotland concerning the repair and upgrade of traditionally constructed buildings and components. The studies summarise site work and associated monitoring concerned with the projects, lessons learnt and conclusions drawn. This so collected evidence provides the basis for other technical guidance by Historic Scotland, including Short Guides and Inform Guides.

The case studies cover energy efficiency upgrades, although other subjects related to building conservation are also explored. In some instances, the works may still be in progress or awaiting further in situ monitoring data and will, therefore, be described as ongoing. Such case studies will be updated once the additional information is available.

Whilst the Refurbishment Case Study series focuses on practical upgrade work, general advice is available at Historic Scotland's energy efficiency advice web page and more technical and scientific research results are published in Historic Scotland’s Technical Papers.

Historic Scotland Refurbishment Case Studies

PDF icon Case Study 1 - Five Edinburgh Tenement Flats - Wall and window upgrades [pdf, 2mb]
PDF icon Case Study 2 - Wells O’ Wearie, Edinburgh - Thermal upgrades to walls, roof, floors & glazing [pdf, 920kb]
PDF icon Case Study 3 - Wee Causeway, Culross - Insulation to walls and roof [pdf, 800kb]
PDF icon Case Study 4 - Sword Street, Glasgow - Internal wall insulation to six tenement flats [pdf, 600kb]
PDF icon Case Study 5 - The Pleasance, Edinburgh - Insulation of coom ceiling, attic space & lightwell [pdf, 1.5mb]
PDF icon Case Study 6 - Kildonan, South Uist - Insulation to walls, roof and windows [pdf, 630kb]
PDF icon Case Study 7 - Scotstarvit Tower Cottage, Cupar [pdf, 2.5mb]
PDF icon Case Study 8 - Garden Bothy, Cumnock - Upgrades to walls, floors, windows & door [pdf, 2mb]
PDF icon Case Study 9 - Leighton Library - Installation of loft insulation [pdf, 1mb]
PDF icon Case Study 10 - Rothesay - Installation of insulation and secondary glazing [pdf, 1mb]
PDF icon Case Study 11 - Newtongrange - Installation of insulation and secondary glazing [pdf, 2mb]
PDF icon Case Study 12 - Kincardine Castle - Installation of biomass system [pdf, 1.5mb]
PDF icon Case Study 13 - Conservation works to an 18th century townhouse [pdf, 4mb]
PDF icon Case Study 14 - Wauchope Mausoleum, Edinburgh - Interim Roofing Repairs [pdf, 2mb]
PDF icon Case Study 15 - Callander House Stable Block - Interime repairs to roof, rainwater goods and associated elements [pdf, 1.48mb]
PDF icon Case Study 19 - Kilmelford Church Heating Trial [pdf, 2mb]

Contact us

Historic Scotland
Conservation Directorate,
Longmore House,
Salisbury Place,
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8638

Focus Magazine

Read and download our Focus magazine.


Get your FREE copy of the new INFORM House CD ROM.