The UK energy scene is facing a unique challenge right now. Net Zero goals mean that the energy efficiency of domestic homes must be improved. However, traditional buildings present their own set of specific obstacles which make it difficult to install energy efficiency upgrades. To tackle this problem, the government has released a review looking at the barriers faced by those who want to upgrade their traditional buildings.
Purpose of the Review
The review examines the obstacles associated with retrofitting historic homes and pinpoints areas where further attention is needed. It delves into the challenges, presenting a comprehensive set of actions and recommendations to meet relevant objectives.
The Themes of the Review
Originally, the review was just going to look at the barriers related to planning. However, as the process began, they realised that the issue was much more varied. As a result, they decided to expand the review. It now includes the problems posed by retrofit actions already in effect, and the steps required to make further improvements. It will also highlight low-carbon upgrades, as well as energy-efficiency measures.
The review focuses on the following themes:
- the planning system
- local authority skills, training, and capacity
- guidance and information
- construction industry skills, training, and capacity
- affordability and financial incentives
Historic homes are a vital part of our country’s rich heritage and play a crucial role in fostering pride in place… Ensuring they can be adapted to accommodate energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating in a sensitive fashion is key to ensuring their long-term survival.
Ministerial Foward, Adapting historic homes for energy efficiency: a review of the barriers
The Research Behind The Review
The themes of the review were determined through discussions with stakeholders and others within the industry. Research involved:
- stakeholder feedback gathered through four regional roundtable events across the country, including homeowners and those involved in the planning process
- separate roundtable discussions with interested parties, including the Historic Environment Forum and the Heritage Council
- Historic England’s review of available literature regarding the barriers to energy efficiency for historic properties
- Historic England’s sampling of the handling of applications for solar photovoltaics (solar PV) in conservation areas and on or near listed buildings
You can click here to read the full review.
Energy Efficiency In Older and Traditional Buildings Training Course
Traditional buildings are a big part of the United Kingdom’s landscape and identity. They are precious assets that must be protected. Equally though, they must be brought up to date with current energy goals. This is a unique challenge which requires specialist attention. However, it is not an impossible task. Energy Trust has designed the Energy Efficiency for Older and Traditional Buildings course to equip retrofit professionals with the skills they need to tackle this challenge.
Throughout the course, candidates learn how to recognise the age, nature and characteristics of older and traditional buildings and how to use this information to determine appropriate upgrades. It is ideal for Retrofit Assessors, Designers and Coordinators working on traditional and protected buildings within risk paths B & C.
As the push for energy efficiency continues, more professionals with this specialist skillset will be needed. If you would like to be involved, please consider enrolling in this course. There has never been a better time to enrol, as right now the EEOTB course is available through the Home Decarbonisation Skills Training Fund at a highly reduced cost.