Historic Buildings: Sustainable Development

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance and assistance is available from English Heritage on the use of renewable technology in buildings of historic importance.

Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism)

English Heritage has published guidance for home-owners on the application of small-scale renewable energy technologies to traditional buildings. A series of guides explains how each system works, how it can be installed without damaging the appearance, significance or performance of traditional buildings and provides guidance on sources of further information and assistance. To date, guidance on micro wind generation, small scale solar thermal and small scale solar electric (photovoltaic) energy in traditional buildings have been produced and are available on English Heritage's website at:


Additional guides on low carbon systems will be published this year.

English Heritage is launching a new website Climate Change and Your Home in June 2008 to provide information about how traditional buildings are likely to respond to climate change and provide advice on how any necessary adaptations, including energy savings measures, might be made.

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