8 Ways to Reduce Heat Loss from Your Buildings

On average around two thirds of heat from a typical office building is lost through the building fabric (walls, floors and ceilings). It therefore makes good sense to make improvements in this area during a major refurbishment project, and/or prior to replacing or upgrading any existing heating system.

Many businesses in the UK occupy old or dated sites so a well designed refurbishment project, whatever the size or nature, will provide an ideal opportunity to integrate energy efficiency into the fabric of the building.

Here are our 8 tips to reduce heat loss from your buildings;

  1. Deal with building fabric issues, such as gaps and holes, immediately. Install draught stripping to windows and doors, check for signs of damage or damp and replace when required.
  2. Avoid damp by repairing split down-pipes, faulty gutters and leaky roof tiles. Check for signs of damp and condensation at least once a year, preferably prior to winter months.
  3. Ensure windows and external doors are closed as much as possible when heating is on and encourage guests to do the same. Consider sealing unused doors or windows to further reduce draughts.
  4. Close curtains and blinds at the end of the day during winter months to reduce draughts and help rooms retain more of their residual heat overnight. The same process can help in summer to reduce heat in rooms that receive early evening direct sunlight.
  5. Up to a quarter of a building’s heat can escape via an un-insulated roof. Insulating any roof spaces and unfilled external cavity walls is an effective and inexpensive way of reducing heat losses.
  6. Hot water pipes should also be insulated to prevent heat loss.
  7. Installing a draught lobby can reduce heating costs and draughts. In the winter, it can help keep warm air in and cold air out, and the reverse is true during summer months. Lobbies should be large enough to provide unrestricted access and enable one set of doors to be closed before the other is opened. Where possible, the two sets of doors should have automatic control to ensure that they are closed properly.
  8. Specifying triple glazing on north facing or exposed sides of a building can offer comfort and energy savings. Some window units even have integrated blinds and/or allow for secure night opening which can provide additional ventilation and cooling benefits.

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