Architects welcome book that aims to highlight the potential advantages of reusing old buildings
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has published The Green Guide for Historic Buildings, continuing Prince Charles’ quest to promote the UK’s classic buildings.
The guide, aimed at improving the environmental performance of historic buildings, has been welcomed by conservation architects as a way of getting clients to see the benefits of older structures.
Jeremy Blake, head of sustainability at Purcell Miller Tritton, said: ‘Clients are realising the significant commercial advantages of embracing the green agenda. The guide gives a useful and practical approach to reducing the energy required to run the buildings, something that architects don’t always look at.
‘As well as summarising key green legislation and policy in the fields of works to listed buildings, climate change and energy, it also focuses on reducing energy needs rather than generating renewable energy on site,’ added Blake.
James Simpson, working consultant at Simpson and Brown Architects, added: ‘This is so important because there’s a misconception that our existing building stock is a problem, when the truth is the reverse.
‘Often old buildings are represented as being cold and damp, even though that is not inherently the case, because they have had inappropriate things done to them and perform less well. Knowing how to treat old buildings is extremely important.’
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust acts as a client on a number of high-profile regeneration projects, including the £4 million revamp of brick and wooden huts at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire.