Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings - Application of Part L of the Building Regulations to historic and traditionally constructed buildings

Front cover for Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings

To view PDF documents you need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can Download Adobe Acrobat for free.

get the latest version of Adobe acrobat

Part L of the Building Regulations seeks to improve the energy efficiency of all buildings. For existing buildings, including historic buildings and those of traditional construction, this means reducing heat losses wherever possible without damaging their special character or compromising their performance.

This fully illustrated guidance has been produced to help prevent conflicts between the requirements of Part L of the Building Regulations and the conservation of historic and traditionally constructed buildings.

The advice acts as 'second tier' supporting guidance in the interpretation of Approved Documents L1B and L2B that should be taken into account when determining appropriate energy performance standards for works to historic and traditionally constructed buildings.

The following areas are covered in the guidance:

  • The background to the legislation and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • An interpretation of the regulations themselves as applied to historic and traditionally constructed buildings
  • Understanding the buildings before carrying out upgrading works
  • Meeting the requirements of Part L
  • Advice on the thermal upgrading of various building elements

The guidance supersedes English Heritage's previous publication Building Regulations and Historic Buildings an interim guidance note on the application of Part L (2004).

  • Status: Completed
  • Publication Date: 31/03/2011
  • Product Code: 51693
  • Series: Guidelines / Standards

If you require an alternative accessible version of this document (for instance in audio, Braille or large print) please contact our Customer Services Department. Telephone: 0870 333 1181 Fax: 01793 414926 Textphone: 0800 015 0516 E-mail: customers@english-heritage.org.uk