Where to start when considering energy efficiency measures in historic buildings

There are three key considerations when working with historic buildings and considering their energy efficiency:

  1. Understand the building, its heritage significance and how it performs from an energy perspective;
  2. The objective of the works being considered and its impact upon the identified significance of the building; and
  3. The type of heritage designation e.g. whether the building is listed or in a conservation area.

With regard to Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas, legislation clearly outlines the need to preserve architectural and historical interest in listed buildings and the specialist interest of a Conservation Area. As such the understanding from where a heritage asset draws its own bespoke significance is key to forming acceptable proposals and managing appropriate change.


Page updated: 2/11/2022

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