Last updated: 29th February 2016 


1. Latest News

Listed Building Guidance on retrofitting was adopted for use by the Council’s Planning Department on 11th September 2013.

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2. The Sustainable Construction & Retrofitting SPDSustainable Construction & Retrofitting Supplementary Planning Document

The Council has produced a user-friendly ‘how to’ guide to Sustainable Construction & Retrofitting. It includes:

  • 9 Sustainable construction principles to help you green any new build project
  • Explanation of how the 5 main house types in the area are built
  • Introduces 24 retrofit options from energy and water efficiency to heating and domestic renewable energy
  • What planning, building control & listed building permissions you may need
  • Local case studies and diagrams, photographs and sketches

The Sustainable Construction & Retrofitting SPD was recommended for adoption on 13th February 2013.  The adoption statement for the SPD, and a copy of the accompanying letter, can be viewed here.New Planning Guidance on Sustainable Construction and Retrofitting

Relevant background documents include:

The Sustainable Construction case study on p18 of the SPD won a  Design Quality Award in February 2013

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3. Sustainable Construction Case Studies

Ralph Allan Yard demonstrates accomplished sustainable construction, reaching Code for Sustainable Homes level 5.  The brownfield site was transformed into a sustainable and community orientated development.  This case study material highlights its features and achievements.

Keynsham Civic Centre will be amongst the most energy-efficient in the country, with work to install one of the largest council-owned solar panel systems in the UK. The 750 solar panels – which cover an area equivalent to more than four tennis courts – will generate over 230,000 units of electricity each year, equivalent to the annual energy use of almost 70 homes. This will benefit the Council by around £50,000 every year, and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 125 tonnes. Over 20 years the benefits are expected to reach almost £1.5 million, and avoid CO2 emissions of 2,355 tonnes. This case study material highlights its features and achievements.

  • Case Study (5.5 MB)

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4. Permitted Development Checklist for domestic energy efficiency and microgeneration

The new Permitted Development checklist for energy efficiency and domestic renewables is now available.

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5. 25 Green Tips Download the 25 Green Tip postcards via the links on the left

A series of 5 beautiful postcards, hand drawn by Conservation Architect David McLaughlin, have been produced to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the WHS designation and promote energy saving and retrofit.  Each postcard contains 5 green tips.  They can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

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6. Bath Green Homes logoBath Green Homes

Bath Green Homes is a collaborative project brought to you by B&NES Council, Bath Preservation Trust and Transition Bath and many other local groups and volunteers.

A project to inspire and inform the community about:

  • Making our homes warmer and cheaper to heat
  • Retrofit of our traditional and listed homes
  • Domestic generation of renewable energy
  • Low energy and sustainable design of new homes

Following the success of the 2012 and 2013 projects, Bath Green Homes is getting ready for 2014 with a programme of events from September to November 2014 and an Open Homes Weekend on 27th and 28th September 2014.

A range of local retrofit case studies can be seen here.

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7. Listed Building GuidanceSustainable Construction & Retrofitting Supplementary Planning Document

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Guidance For Listed Buildings and Undesignated Historic Buildings was adopted for use by the Planning Department on 11th September 2013. 

Relevant background documents include:

In addition to this local guidance, the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) have recently (June 2015) produced a toolkit to be used when considering options for retrofitting or refurbishing traditional buildings. Their Responsible Retrofit Guidance Wheel encourages exploration of the measures’ advantages, disadvantages and interactions between different in combination impacts.

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8. Non-domestic Renewable Energy

The Council in collaboration with Regen SW has produced Informal Guidance Note: Renewable Energy in the Green Belt in Bath & North East Somerset (April 2013).

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