Historic England's Practical Guidance on Energy Efficiency
Our Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings series of free downloadable publications provide advice on how to:
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.
- Application of Part L of the Building Regulations to historic buildings and buildings of traditional construction
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:
- Insulating pitched roofs at rafter level- warm roofs
- Insulating pitched roofs at ceiling level-cold roofs
- Insulating flat roofs
- Insulating thatched roofs
- Open fires, chimneys and flues
Windows and doors:
- Energy Efficiency and Traditional Homes
This advice note considers energy efficiency improvements to those traditional homes which are described as heritage assets within the planning system. It is intended particularly for owners and applicants but also for others advising on such improvements. It outlines a ‘whole building’ approach that can help in meeting the combined objectives of increasing energy efficiency and sustaining significance in heritage assets, while avoiding unintended consequences.