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Sustainable Solutions for Historic Structures: TRC’s Approach to Thermal Upgrades in Listed Buildings

Sustainable Solutions for Historic Structures: TRC’s Approach to Thermal Upgrades in Listed Buildings
Sustainable Solutions for Historic Structures: TRC’s Approach to Thermal Upgrades in Listed Buildings
Wed May 15

Balancing the need for improved energy efficiency with the preservation of historic character is a constant challenge faced by architects and specifiers working on listed buildings. Traditional timber sash windows, while undeniably beautiful, can be a significant source of heat loss.

At TRC Contracts, with over 25 years of experience in restoring windows for listed buildings and conservation areas, we understand the importance of maintaining a building’s historic integrity while achieving sustainable upgrades. This blog explores the delicate work of window restoration and the unique benefits TRC’s high-quality services offer in terms of improving thermal efficiency in listed buildings.

The importance of window restoration in listed buildings

Listed buildings, by their very nature, hold immense historic and cultural value. Their architectural features, including windows, are often protected by strict regulations set forth by organisations such as Historic England. Replacing these windows entirely is rarely an option. This is where meticulous restoration expertise comes into play.

Expert window restoration, as practiced by TRC Contracts, breathes new life into historic windows while preserving their original features and visual impact. Our team adheres to best practices outlined by Historic England, ensuring all work respects the building’s heritage and character.

The challenge of heat loss in older properties

One of the main drawbacks of traditional timber sash windows is their inherent single glazing. This can lead to significant heat loss, particularly during colder months. Inefficient windows can force building owners to rely heavily on heating systems, leading to increased energy consumption and higher utility bills.

However, simply replacing historic windows with modern, double-glazed alternatives is not a viable solution for listed buildings. Such drastic alterations would compromise the building’s aesthetics and potentially violate conservation area regulations.

TRC’s approach to thermal upgrades in listed buildings

TRC Contracts offers a sustainable approach to improving thermal efficiency in listed buildings, focusing on meticulous restoration techniques in conjunction with discreet energy efficiency measures.

Expert window restoration: Our skilled craftsmen employ time-tested techniques to repair damaged window sashes, frames, and glazing bars. This not only enhances the visual appeal of the windows but also improves their overall airtightness, reducing draughts and heat loss.

Draught proofing: We implement discreet draught proofing solutions around the sashes and frames, further minimising heat loss and improving the building’s thermal performance.

Double Glazing:  It is possible in many cases to remove the existing single glazing and replace it with high performance slim double glazed units, significantly improving the U-value and sound transmission.

The benefits of improved thermal efficiency in listed buildings

Upgrading the thermal performance of listed buildings offers a multitude of benefits:

Reduced energy consumption: Improved thermal efficiency translates to lower heating costs, making listed buildings more affordable to maintain.

Enhanced comfort: By minimising heat loss, occupants experience improved thermal comfort throughout the year.

Reduced carbon footprint: Lower energy consumption leads to a reduced carbon footprint, contributing to a more sustainable environment.

Preserving historic character: TRC’s restoration approach ensures that listed buildings retain their original features and visual appeal for future generations.

Delivering sustainable upgrades for listed buildings

TRC Contracts is committed to providing sustainable solutions for historic buildings. Our expertise in window restoration allows us to improve the thermal efficiency of listed buildings while preserving their architectural heritage. By combining traditional craftsmanship with modern advancements, we ensure that these historic structures remain comfortable, energy-efficient, and visually stunning for generations to come.

Contact TRC Contracts today to discuss your listed building project and explore how our thermal upgrade solutions can enhance your building’s energy efficiency and sustainability, all while respecting its historic character.

As a trusted and reputable supplier, TRC Contracts is proud to be a member of NBS Source. Our profile on NBS Source provides architects with easy access to detailed information about our products and services, making it even more convenient for you to explore the range of sash windows we offer.

Visit our profile on NBS Source today to learn more about how TRC Contracts can meet your project requirements and deliver exceptional results.

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