In February 2013 the council launched two separate studies which together provide detailed information regarding retrofitting in historic buildings. The council’s guide to retrofitting historic buildings for sustainability provides advice on the different permissions and consents that are required for different building efficiency upgrade measures which might be applied to the fabric or the services, as well as the likely view from a conservation perspective of these measures in the case of listed buildings, those sited within a conservation area and those outside a conservation area.
Secondly the council is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with English Heritage and the Soho Community Environment Fund to produce a study looking at how to apply such retrofit measures in the dense yet historic, mixed use area of Soho to improve its overall environmental performance. Improving historic Soho’s environmental performance, contains a wealth of information on the approach to take with listed buildings, as well as the potential for individual building retrofit to contribute towards wider carbon reduction targets.
The council attends the heritage working group of the Better Buildings Partnership and is working with a wide range of partners, including property owners, developers and the Great Estates to promote retrofitting and sustainability. The Grosvenor Estate has recently produced a toolkit on sustainable refurbishment for leaseholders ,which will also be useful for other property owners undertaking retrofitting projects.