Sustainable Energy for Historic Buildings

In order to reduce carbon emissions and our overall use of energy, it is important that all buildings, whether homes or used for other purposes, are energy efficient. But it is often technically difficult to carry out energy efficiency work on older buildings, and legislation – the “listings” system – can restrict still further the scope for works. This is a major issue for Stratford, with its important historical heritage.

Transition Stratford, together with Stratford Town Council and the Stratford Society organised a half-day conference on Tuesday 18th May 2010 in Stratford Town Hall for those owning or occupying historic buildings in Stratford, together with the professionals and building experts who currently maintain them. The well-attended event heard expert speakers from the Building Research Establishment, English Heritage, Marches Energy Agency – the UK lead for a European Union project on sustainable energy for historic buildings – and Stratford District Council, who set out some of the options and opportunities for improving the energy efficiency of older and historic buildings. Workshop participants also had the opportunity to visit a small exhibition of businesses offering sustainable energy solutions that are suitable for older and historic buildings.

The workshop report is available here. Workshop participants were keen to see further action to improve the availability of advice and information on energy efficiency for older buildings. A working group met during autumn 2010 to look at ways to do this, and made a number of proposals which were nedorsed at a public meeting in December 2010. An innovative project proposal has now been drawn up, which will be taken forward by Act on Energy, Warwickshire’s energy efficiency advice service, with support fromTransition Stratford. For more information, contact Transition Stratford on 01789 298503 or e-mail admin@transitionstratford.com.