Historic England's Practical Guidance on Energy Efficiency

Our Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings series of free downloadable publications provide advice on how to:

Overarching guidance

This guidance acts as a starting point for devising an energy efficiency plan. It sets out our ‘whole house approach’ which considers context, construction, condition, historic significance and an understanding of all the factors that affect energy use. Checklists of potential improvements are included with their respective benefits, comparative costs and technical risks.

Building regulations

This guidance provides technical advice to help prevent conflicts between the requirements of Part L and the conservation of historic buildings.

Energy Performance Certificates

This guidance provides the type of information included in an EPC, how it is calculated and its limitations as an assessment method when applied to older houses.

Making changes to improve energy efficiency

This series of guidance provides advice on the principles, risks, materials and methods of making changes to the building fabric.

Roofs, chimneys and flues:


Windows and doors:


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