Technical guides

For owners, managers, consultants and contractors. These longer technical guides provide in-depth information. Available as PDF downloads and hard copies.

Technical leaflets

For owners and managers of heritage property and objects, looking for professional methods and techniques. Available as PDF downloads and hard copies.

This leaflet aims to develop appropriate design strategies for the improvement of energy efficiency in heritage buildings to achieve the integration of sustainability and heritage conservation.

Heritage buildings and energy efficiency (PDF, 268.9 KB)

This leaflet shows how you can improve environmental and sustainable performance measures for existing heritage buildings without adversely impacting their cultural heritage significance.

Please note: the advice contained in this document on water use standards is being revised in light of the new Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.

Heritage buildings and sustainability (PDF, 253.6 KB)

Technical notes

For the layperson, who needs good basic heritage advice in simple how-to language. Available as PDF downloads only.

This information is currently under review and will be updated shortly. If you have any queries or issues using the current guidelines in a particular instance please give Martin Zweep at Heritage Victoria a call on 9208 3064.

Photographic Recording for Heritage Places and Objects (PDF, 208.3 KB)

SPAB technical leaflets

The technical leaflets listed below are available in printed copy for Victorian residents only. Email us to request a copy.

Electronic versions can be purchased from the The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) online bookshop

  • Patching old floorboards
  • Removing paint
  • Damp: the need for old buildings to breathe
  • Basic limewash