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Ogley, P and Wood, C and Brocklebank, I and Pickles, D (2010) ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS Open fires, chimneys and flues. Project Report. English Heritage.


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This guidance note provides advice on how unused or intermittently used chimneys can be made more energy efficient by preventing draughts. Open chimneys and flues can be sources of useful ventilation but they can often let too much warm air out and cold air in. The resultant draughts can create uncomfortable conditions. Guidance is also included on the use of open fires and wood burning stoves. The burning of firewood grown in local well managed forests is an excellent sustainable source of heat with only incidental carbon dioxide emissions from planting, felling, cutting, drying and transport. In rural areas this presents a good way to reduce the overall carbon dioxide emissions from a building. Chimneys in older buildings can develop a wide range of defects. This guidance note discusses how to avoid introducing further defects when measures are taken to improve energy efficiency. It does not discuss the diagnosis or remedy of existing defects.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy efficiency, historic building, open fires, chimneys, flues,
Subjects: English > Climate Control > Ventilation
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Depositing User: Kajsa Stavebring
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2011 10:32
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 16:17

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