Guide for Energy-efficient Refurbishment of Buildings of Historic Importance.
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Topic of the practice
energy efficiency in buildings
Good Practice Information
A guide for public authorities, owners of historic buildings, architects and engineers. Old buildings account for the majority of Saxony’s building stock. The guide does not impose new or additional requirements for the energy-efficient refurbishment of historic buildings, but simply offers advice based on existing legislation and technology. The guide gives an overview on measures for increasing energy efficiency in historic buildings in the areas of building structure, HVAC and renewable energy sources and lists various risks with respect to possible building damage and prevention thereof. In general, energy upgrading of historic buildings requires a set of architectural interventions. Preservationists consider the resulting changes to the building to be critical. To avoid conflicts, solutions have to be found that are consistent with the character of the historic building and, at the same time, meet energy and economic requirements.