The UK is officially in a climate emergency and to meet our carbon targets the Government’s aim is to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings through Part L of the Building Regulations.
Improvements can be made – often at a relatively low cost – which significantly enhance the comfort of the building for its users, as well as providing significant savings on fuel bills. Reducing carbon emissions from buildings however is not just about heating and insulating the building fabric. Much can be achieved by changing behaviour, avoiding waste, using energy efficient controls and equipment, managing the building to its optimum performance – all of which is as relevant to older buildings as to new ones.
For the vast majority of listed buildings and those of traditional construction, however an appropriate balance needs to be achieved between building conservation and measures to improve energy efficiency if lasting damage is to be avoided to the building’s character, cultural significance and fabric.
Janus are proud affiliate members of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance and have undertaken specialist training to ensure that we are able to design and implement thermal upgrades to traditionally constructed buildings using the correct balance of interventions and technically appropriate materials.