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Energy efficiency guide

A homeowners guide to energy efficiency in historic buildings will be published by EWH later this year.

Jan 17, 2011

The guide will bring together work carried out as part of EWH’s Climate Challenge Fund project. The aim is to advise owners and residents about energy efficiency solutions that can improve historic buildings’ thermal performance, reducing carbon emissions and lowering fuel bills.

The new publication will focus on how to increase energy efficiency in historic buildings, without compromising their authentic character. Topics covered will include sustainability and climate change, simple measures to reduce energy consumption, renewable energy, behaviour changing tips and grants available to help fund improvements.

The guide will also emphasise the major benefits traditional buildings have in terms of environmental sustainability. Built of locally sourced, long lasting materials, with natural ventilation and solid construction capable of storing heat during the day, Edinburgh’s historic buildings provide a good model for new energy efficient housing.

The guidance will help promote best practice in the World Heritage Site, ensuring the long term care of Edinburgh’s world class buildings and environment.

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