Responsible retrofitting for traditional buildings

Developing national guidance and resources

22 March 2013

About one fifth of England’s homes were built before 1919. England has nearly 1.1 million residential buildings in Conservation Areas, and an estimated 145,000 listed dwellings. When energy efficiency improvements are needed, how can they be made without harming the character and significance of these historic buildings?

CSE is working with English Heritage to develop nationally-relevant guidance and resources on this topic. The guidance produced will help local authorities and communities create responsible local planning policy on energy efficiency retrofit in older dwellings, in the light of the national Green Deal scheme and the new Localism Act.

The work will build on CSE’s Low Carbon Bath project, which won the Royal Town Planning Institute’s national Sustainable Communities award in 2012.* It will be informed by a panel of experts alongside CSE and English Heritage staff.

This project will produce community consultation guidance and resources, template policy guidance, and technical guidance based on current and recent research in the field. We will then test out these materials through a local authority pilot project with Wiltshire Council.

* As part of 'Low Carbon Bath', we produced a guidance booklet with Bath Preservation Trust on improving the energy efficiency of traditional homes in Bath. Read ‘Warmer Bath’ here.

See also the project profile about the work we are doing at Wiltshire County Council's historic Bourne Hill Offices in Salisbury.

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