Climate action

Energy efficiency and historic buildings

The drivers to improve energy efficiency are usually: ☑ Reduce carbon emissions and fuel bills, ☑ Improve comfort levels and ☑ Comply with statutory requirements. This guidance proposes: a “whole house” approach, and provides advice on statutory requirements and guidance on energy efficiency measures. It includes checklists of potential improvements and their respective benefits, comparative costs and technical risks.

Thermal upgrading of traditional windows

This guidance on traditional windows is aimed at building professionals and property owners. Historic windows are often of considerable importance to the significance of listed buildings. Advice is provided on maintenance, repair and restoration as well as thermal upgrading. The guidance also sets out the general approach when alteration or replacement requires listed building consent.


Free webinars, hosted by Historic England’s Environmental Strategy team in collaboration with the Climate Heritage Network, provide an in-depth look at topics related to climate change presented by international experts (placeholder).

  • Webinar on replacement windows: <here>