Last edited 23 Mar 2021

Historic buildings definition


Approved document E: Resistance to the passage of sound, defines ‘historic buildings’ as:

An historic building is generally considered to be a building or structure that has some kind of 'historic value', i.e. people in the present are connected to it via past events in some way. This value warrants it being afforded consideration in planning decisions that have to be made concerning it.

A building may hold special historic interest because of its importance with respect to a particular historical event or period, or be associated with nationally important people. Alternatively, there might be special historic interest in the building itself, i.e. its construction methods, design, architectural significance, and so on.

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings, Application of Part L of the Building Regulations to Historic and Traditionally Constructed Buildings, published by Historic England in 2017, suggests that:

‘For the purposes of the interpretation of the energy efficiency requirements of the Building Regulations, Approved Documents L1B and L2B, and this series of documents, ‘historic buildings’ are defined as those which meet at least one of the following criteria:

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