Chimneys and Flues

Open fires and chimneys have provided the principal means of heating houses and cooking for centuries and they remain important elements of their history.

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Although they often do not provide the same function any more, chimneys and flues can be a significant source of natural ventilation which is important not just for health but the effective performance of the building. It is important to get the right balance between the benefits of ventilation and the wasted energy and discomfort caused by unnecessary heat loss.

Read more about open fires, chimneys and flues:

  • Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: Open fires, chimneys and flues
    Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: Open fires, chimneys and flues
    Publication Date: 30 Mar 2012
    This guidance note provides advice on how unused or intermittently used chimneys can be made more energy efficient by preventing draughts. Guidance is also included on the use of open fires and wood burning stoves.
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