Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: Insulating solid ground floors
Solid ground floors can be a significant part of the history and character of an older building, so taking up floors and excavating below to install insulation can be potentially damaging to valuable historic fabric. Even where the floor finish is of no particular historic significance, any alterations to the floor structure beneath need to take account of potential buried historic features and archaeology, which can be of particular significance in churches. If the property is listed all such work will most likely require listed building consent.
Insulating solid ground floors will alter the performance characteristics of the floor structure. There can be a risk of exacerbating any existing moisture-related problems and causing problems in adjacent construction, such as diverting moisture up into the outside walls. Introducing impermeable damp proof membranes and materials into the floor structure which are highly resistant to the passage of moisture, are often not compatible with the traditional construction techniques used in older buildings.
This guidance forms one of a series of thirteen guidance notes covering the thermal upgrading of building elements such as roofs, walls and floors.
First published by English Heritage March 2012 (51581).
- Solid ground floor construction
- Issues to consider before installing insulation
- Issues to consider when insulating solid ground floors
- Insulating materials for solid floors
- Where to get advice
- Series: Guidance
- Publication Status: Completed
- Pages: 22
- Product Code: HEAG087
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