Energy efficiency in listed homes and conservations areas

A recent review published by the Government has investigated the challenges faced when retrofitting in conservation areas and listed buildings.

Energy efficiency in listed homes and conservations areas

The review called ‘Adapting Historic Homes for Energy Efficiency’, which is part of the Government’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050, investigated methods and solutions to remove barriers and improve energy efficiency in historic homes, cutting energy bills for households across the country.

Historic properties

Historic properties make up a significant proportion of the UK’s building stock. With 5.9 million buildings constructed before 1919, these homes are disproportionally affected by the lack of available energy efficiency options due to issues such as planning permissions and building restrictions.

Historic England’s Local Authority Staffing Survey (2023) found that owners of listed buildings and homes in conservation areas wanted clear advice on insulation, boilers and heating systems, heat pumps, draft-proofing, replacing or adapting windows, and installing . . .

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