Support for improving energy efficiency in heritage buildings

Survey says listed buildings should be fit for the future

25 February 2011

More than three quarters of people who live in listed buildings in Bath said they feel the cold in the winter, and almost half of these people said they are much colder than they want to be – four times the rate among Bath residents that live in unlisted buildings.

These are two of the more striking results of a recent online survey CSE carried out in partnership with the Bath Preservation Trust about the future of the city’s heritage buildings. The survey reveals widespread support for improving the energy efficiency of listed buildings in the city.

Download the findings of the survey here

“The results show that there are indeed a lot of people living in Bath’s listed buildings that feel the effects of our long, cold winters much more than they need to,” said Will Anderson from CSE, who carried out the survey. “Whilst the results demonstrate that local people want to protect the city they love, they also want to live there in comfort – and it’s clearly not acceptable in this day and age that so many people are going cold in listed buildings in the city.”

A total of 246 people took part in the survey, with almost all (98%) respondents from Bath saying that protecting the city’s heritage was important to them. The respondents also made it clear, however, that the preservation of the city meant making its homes fit for the future.

The results showed there was local support for a more flexible approach to improving the energy performance of listed buildings in the city.

The full report will be published later this month, and will feature other key findings from the survey, including that, of people completing the survey who are resident in Bath:

  • 71% support a more permissive policy on the use of timber slim-profile double-glazed windows in the listed buildings in the city.
  • 66% support the universal use of draught-proofing in the windows and doors of listed buildings in the city.
  • 66% support the use of insulation beneath the suspended timber floors of listed buildings in the city.
  • 70% support the installation of boiler flues on the secondary facades of listed buildings in the city, regardless of visual impact.
  • 79% support the installation of solar panels on side, rear and valley roofs of listed buildings in Bath where the panel does not have a significant visual impact.

The survey is part of Low Carbon Bath which is a joint project with Bath Preservation Trust, and which aims to provide guidance on how to shape the future of the World Heritage Site. Low Carbon Bath is part of CSE’s PlanLoCaL project, funded by a grant from CLG’s Third Sector Empowerment Fund.

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