Take part in an on-line survey

Protecting heritage or mitigating climate change?

10 January 2011

A new survey will measure the public acceptability of a range of low-carbon measures in the unique heritage setting of Bath.

The online questionnaire, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, covers issues such as double glazing, ventilation, draft-proofing, insulation, heating systems and solar panels, and offers the public the chance to have a say on what kinds of low-carbon improvements to the building fabric should be permissible on Bath’s most protected buildings.

The survey is part of Low-carbon Bath, a project undertaken by CSE and the Bath Preservation Trust which explores how the carbon emissions and heating costs of the city's traditional and historic buildings can be reduced.

CSE’s Will Anderson wrote the survey. “If we are to protect the historic buildings we love, we must make them fit for a low-carbon future. This survey is a great opportunity to consider what this means – in practice and in detail.

“We believe that the goals of protecting the city’s unique heritage and mitigating climate change can be pursued together, albeit with trade-offs. For example, some energy efficiency improvements will inevitably alter the historic fabric, and in some cases the look, of listed buildings. This survey explores these trade-offs and asks where you think the balance should lie.”

The questionnaire can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/bathsurvey until 13 February 2011.

Survey results will be published later in the Spring alongside detailed practical guidance about how traditional homes in Bath can be improved to reduce their carbon emissions.

Back in 2010, the project team staged a series of workshops in Bath in which a range of audiences including green and heritage groups, professionals such as architects and developers, sixth-form students and members of the public, explored the relationship between architectural conservation and climate change mitigation. The overwhelming consensus is that the City’s heritage must be protected whilst at the same time efforts should be made to make the city's homes and public buildings more energy efficient.

You can download the consultation document here.

Low-carbon Bath is part of CSE’s PlanLoCaL suite of projects.

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