Man wearing mask laying insulation in roof space
Insulation being added to a roof space © NTPL/Alexander Caminada
Insulation being added to a roof space © NTPL/Alexander Caminada

Historic England's Practical Guidance on Energy Efficiency

Our Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings series of free downloadable publications provide advice on how to:

Overarching guidance

This guidance acts as a starting point for devising an energy efficiency plan. It sets out our ‘whole house approach’ which considers context, construction, condition, historic significance and an understanding of all the factors that affect energy use. Checklists of potential improvements are included with their respective benefits, comparative costs and technical risks.

Building regulations

This guidance provides technical advice to help prevent conflicts between the requirements of Part L and the conservation of historic buildings.

Energy Performance Certificates

This guidance provides the type of information included in an EPC, how it is calculated and its limitations as an assessment method when applied to older houses.

Traditional homes:

  • Energy Efficiency and Traditional Homes

    This advice note considers energy efficiency improvements to those traditional homes which are described as heritage assets within the planning system. It is intended particularly for owners and applicants but also for others advising on such improvements. It outlines a ‘whole building’ approach that can help in meeting the combined objectives of increasing energy efficiency and sustaining significance in heritage assets, while avoiding unintended consequences.