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Tenement Microgeneration, Edinburgh

Tenement Microgeneration, Edinburgh

Microgeneration in traditional and historic homes

Overview

Older, traditionally built properties are notoriously hard to treat in terms of improving energy efficiency, and this can be greatly exacerbated where their historic status places planning restrictions on improvement measures. Many of the most popular and cost-effective measures are not viable for use in these buildings.

This case study provides best-practice examples of what can be done to allow traditional properties to generate their own renewable energy, while retaining their historic appearance and cultural integrity.

Approach

Existing Fabric

The typical tenement building described in this case study is built from stone in the 1800's, has solid walls, single glazing, a potentially expensive electric heating system and large high-ceilinged rooms which are hard to heat. The propety is located in a conservation area meaning that some interventions measures are not possible due to planning restrictions.

Improvement measures

The project described in this case study is 'Energy Heritage' - a project to install 'sensitive' energy efficiency improvements in historic properties in central Edinburgh.

Details of this project can be viewed in the case study download.

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