OWNERS and custodians of historic and listed buildings across Warwick district can now access new guidance on how to make their homes or businesses more energy efficient.
The information – now available on Warwick District Council’s website – seeks to provide tips on reducing running costs and addresses the challenges of introducing retrofit improvements such as double glazing or solar panels while maintaining the historic significance and fabric of the buildings. The website also includes links to energy efficiency guidance produced by Historic England.
Developed by the Conservation Team, the new guidance for historic buildings forms part of the council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, placing new standards on buildings and developments in the district which are in line with WDC’s target of net zero carbon or as close as possible, by 2030 and the government’s target of meeting net zero carbon nationally by 2050.
WDC climate change spokesman Coun Alan Rhead said: “We hope that the new information we have provided can demonstrate that adapting to climate change and the conservation of our wonderful built heritage are compatible aims. With around one fifth of homes in our district built before 1919 using traditional methods and materials, it’s important that we enable the owners and carers of these buildings to maintain and preserve them while at the same time taking advantage of advances in technology and increasing availability of renewable energy to make them work harder.”
For further information visit the conservation pages on the Warwick District Council website.