Whithorn and District Business Association are hosting an Open Day for householders interested in how to make their properties more energy efficient.
This will take place at 13 George Street, Whithorn, on Saturday, March 29, from 10.30am, with a specialist talk at 11am from Dr Moses Jenkins, Senior Technical Officer with Historic Scotland, at 11am. There will be a chance for questions and answers about technical matters, in particular the difficulties encountered by the owners of historic properties built before 1919 and there will also representatives of the Council’s Sustainable Development Team and the Energy Agency on hand to talk about grant schemes on offer and ways of making properties more efficient; the drop in sessions will be open from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
A spokesperson for the Business Association said: “Whithorn has an outstanding conservation area, which is a great architectural and tourism asset, but the technology for heating our homes is 200 years old and the planning constraints make it very difficult to introduce energy efficiency measures and renewables, where many buildings are listed and even double glazed units are not approved. This is a chance for householders whose properties are deemed difficult to treat to have expert guidance from Historic Scotland, which carries out much cutting edge research into energy efficiency measures which suit historic buildings; there is also grant and technical advice on offer for anyone who finds their home difficult to heat. Nationally, there is about 20% of properties which are deemed “traditional’ i.e. built prior to 1919, but in Whithorn it is over 50 per cent; this also applies to many of the historic villages and towns in the Machars. Although we are organising this in Whithorn, it is open to householders and business owners in the Machars”.
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