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Green Deal Considerations for Older Buildings

Making historic buildings and those of traditional construction more energy efficient needs to be particularly carefully considered. 

Please note that from the 23rd July 2015 the Government has withdrawn funding to the Green Deal Finance Company, so any improvements will need to be funded by the home-owner.

A small wooden window frame in a half-stone, half-timbered wall

Older buildings classed as 'vulnerable'

Under the Green Deal historic buildings and those of traditional construction are classed as ‘vulnerable buildings’ and are defined as:

  • A historic building (as defined in Building Regulations Approved Document L1B, 2010).
  • A building constructed in a way that means that special care is required to ensure that the installation of improvements does not result in damage to or deterioration of the building fabric (this is likely to include most buildings constructed prior to 1914)

Improvements must be appropriate

The Green Deal Code of Practice states that when dealing with such buildings, the Green Deal Provider must take particular care to ensure that:

  • The proposed improvements are appropriate for the building
  • The finishes and fabric of the building are protected from damage resulting from installation of the improvements by using appropriate materials, products and specifications.

Complex buildings need detailed appraisal

The Green Deal recognises that, for more complex older buildings, a more detailed appraisal may be required from an architect or surveyor with specialist skills. If the Green Deal Provider is in doubt about this they must consult the local authority's historic buildings or conservation officer.

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