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Heritage and Historic Building Retrofit

Retrofit can help heritage and historic buildings to remain viable for generations to come, with modern technologies offering ways to improve energy efficiency in older and traditional buildings without compromising their architectural heritage.

The Importance of Historic Building Retrofits

The UK boats a rich architectural heritage, with over 5.9 million buildings constructed before 1919. Additionally, listed buildings (and those in conservation areas) make up over 10% of the national building stock. As the UK strives to achieve net zero by 2050, a significant number of these historic buildings will require retrofitting – an estimated 19 million homes in total.

Retrofitting historic buildings presents a unique challenge. this is due the scale of the challenge, with historic buildings represent a substantial chunk of the retrofitting task, as well as the need to balance priorities. Retrofitting these buildings requires careful consideration – improving energy efficiency can’t come at the cost of damaging their historic character or using unsuitable materials.

The good news? This challenge provides opportunities for innovation. New technologies and approaches are emerging specifically for retrofitting historic buildings, allowing for energy efficiency improvements without compromising heritage. Additionally, the long-term benefits cannot be understated – a successful historic building retrofit not only reduces energy consumption and saves money, but also ensures these structures remain comfortable and functional for future generations.

Balancing Efficiency with Preservation

Retrofitting a historic building requires a delicate balance between the need for modern improvements and the responsibility to preserve the building’s architecture. Here’s a closer look at the key challenges and innovative solutions available:

Challenges in Historic Retrofit

Opportunities in Historic Retrofit

Increased Air Tightness for Historic Buildings

While increasing air tightness can significantly enhance the benefits of low-energy HVAC systems, it’s crucial to maintain the breathability of historic materials. Here’s how to achieve this balance:

By carefully considering these aspects, increased air tightness can become a valuable tool for improving energy efficiency in historic buildings while preserving their heritage.

Benefits of Retrofit: A Compelling Return on Investment

So why consider a historic building retrofit?  They offer a compelling return on investment, translating into tangible benefits for owners and occupants:

The Role of a Historic Retrofit Assessment

Navigating a historic building retrofit requires a nuanced approach. Our team of qualified retrofit assessors hold the ABBE accredited Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency for Older and Traditional Buildings. This ensures they possess the technical expertise and understanding to thoroughly assess your building’s unique needs. A historic retrofit assessment is the foundation for developing a retrofit plan that maximises energy efficiency while respecting your building’s heritage.

Here’s How We Can Help

Let our team of specialists guide you through the process. We can help you take the first step in unlocking the full potential of your historic building, creating a space that’s both energy-efficient and respectful of its heritage. Contact us today to discuss the specific needs of your historic property and ensure a healthy, energy-efficient building envelope.

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