Image above: Bedford Park’s period windows can be better insulated without compromising design, Photograph: Bedford Park Society
How to conserve energy in a house while maintaining period style
The Bedford Park Society is set to issue 2,500 energy conservation guides to local homeowners.
The society has funded and produced a 12-page guide ‘Energy Conservation in Bedford Park Houses’, arranging delivery of free copies across Bedford Park, in one of its most significant community projects.
The guide will help homeowners consider the most effective options available while respecting the architectural history and traditional construction of Bedford Park houses and following heritage sector best practice.
Owners of any house built before 1920 and anyone interested can access an online copy on The Bedford Park Society’s website, or contact the Society to request a copy.
Image above: Energy conservation in Bedford Park houses – ideas for improving energy efficiency in out homes
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Britain’s homes are notoriously bad when it comes to energy efficiency, as we have one of the oldest, most inefficient housing stocks in Europe. Our homes need more gas, oil or electricity to heat, yet insulating homes is one of the cheapest ways to cut carbon emissions.
Chair of the Society Helen Jameson said:
“We are often approached by Bedford Park homeowners who are keen to improve the energy efficiency of their homes but uncertain about what is possible in the context of the Local Authority Conservation Area and Listed Buildings requirements.
“After considerable research and consultation with experts, we decided to make our findings and suggestions available to the wider Bedford Park community at no cost to householders, as part of our commitment to supporting local residents.”
“When considering how to improve the energy efficiency of a Bedford Park house there is an over-riding presumption by the authorities of the importance of retaining the historic fabric rather than alteration. We have incorporated some key information about checking building regulations and planning and (where relevant) listed building consent in the guide.”
Image above: Condensation on period windows in Bedford Park, Photograph Bedford Park Society
“Whole building approach”
The guide discusses practical measures for improving the energy efficiency of listed and non-listed houses, including draught-proofing, secondary glazing, and loft insulation. It highlights concerns about compromising the fabric and details of traditionally constructed houses with unsuitable changes, as acknowledged by Ealing and Hounslow Councils.
Emphasis is placed on adopting a holistic approach to thermal efficiency, particularly for older and historic buildings such as those in Bedford Park, endorsed by Historic England, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and other experts.
The guide incorporates guidance from these organisations and local conservation specialists, aligning with current Conservation Area Guidelines for Ealing and Hounslow..
Since 1963 The Bedford Park Society has been working to preserve and enhance the character of Bedford Park and its buildings and on community issues affecting residents.
For further information about the Bedford Park Society: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website: bedfordpark.org.uk