Advice for owners of old buildings

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OWNERS of historic buildings are invited to read a new guide about how to carry out energy efficiency work without causing damage.

Launched this week by Leeds and Kirklees councils, it aims to help people introduce changes to increase the energy efficiency of historically important buildings without adversely affecting what makes the building special.

Councillor Peter McBride, Kirklees Cabinet member for investment and regeneration: “Making such changes to historically important buildings presents a unique challenge as they need to be very sensitively introduced.

“The guide sets out to help identify how a building is used and where emissions come from and builds on advice from English Heritage. It should enable people to reap the benefits of cheaper running costs and reduced carbon emissions and may well inspire them to do more in the same vein.”

The guide includes five case studies which take the reader through assessments of the historic and architectural significance of each building, its condition, its services and its bill analysis.

Copies can be downloaded from www.yourclimate.org/pages/low-carbon-heritage-buildings