Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings
Historic England has produced a wide range of practical guidance to help with saving energy in older and listed buildings. Many improvements can be carried out, often at a low cost, greatly improving the comfort of the occupants as well as providing savings on fuel bills.
For historic buildings and those of traditional construction you need to strike an appropriate balance between building conservation and energy conservation if lasting damage is to be avoided, both to the building’s significance and its fabric.
This requires a thorough understanding of the building, how it works as an environmental system and what makes it special.
Advice and guidance on energy efficiency and historic buildings
- Insulating roofs at rafter level/warm roofs
- Insulating at ceiling level/cold roofs
- Insulating flat roofs
- Insulating thatched roofs
Insulating windows and doors
Assessing energy efficiency
Historic England is one of a number of supporting organisations that make up the Sustainable Traditional Building Alliance (STBA) which acts as a forum for sustaining and improving traditional buildings in the UK. The supporting organisations cover heritage as well as broader sustainability and industry issues.
STBA guidance wheel
With development funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the STBA has produced an interactive guidance wheel for retrofitting buildings of traditional construction.
The guidance wheel allows the user to customise the context and select thermal upgrading measures. This then shows various issues and possible risks to consider before installing such measures.
Planning Responsible Retrofit for Traditional Buildings
With part funding from Historic England, the STBA has published guidance on retrofitting traditional buildings based on current research and practice.
The guidance looks at the complexity and uncertainty in the way that older buildings, new technologies, nature and people perform and interact and how by taking a realistic whole building approach risks and liabilities can be reduced.