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Secondary glazing and Listed Building Consent

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Secondary Glazing in Practice

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Listed Building

Listed status recognises the historical importance of a property and protects it for future generations.  If you are lucky enough to own a Listed property, then you have a special duty of care to retain its unique character for future generations. To ensure that this duty of care is carried out consistently, all Listed buildings are given protection under law. This requires owners of Listed properties to fulfil certain criteria whenever there is a propose change to the fabric of the building – these may also apply to attached and curtilage buildings or other structures. When a property is deemed of special architectural interest it falls within the administration of Historic England. This is the body which interprets the law surrounding Listed buildings. This organisation is responsible for managing the historic environment. An important aspect of their work is identifying and grading buildings. The grades are comprised of: Grade I : these are buildings of great historical importance Grade II* : these buildings fall between the two main grades Grade II : buildings of special interest Series 41 Historic England is also responsible for maintaining a central list (Statutory List) of all Listed buildings. It is recommended that, if in doubt, an owner of a heritage property should check against this list. Ignorance of Listed status is no excuse within the law and any changes to a Listed property made without consent is an offence, punishable by a fine or in extreme circumstances a custodial sentence. In addition, any unauthorised changes to the fabric of the building will need to be reversed and the building restored to its original condition. When an owner of a Listed property wishes to alter the fabric of a building they are required to obtain Listed Building Consent (LBC) from their local planning authority.  If the proposed alterations result in a change to the buildings external appearance then an additional request will need to be made to obtain planning permission. It is the responsibility of Historic England to ensure that all local planning officers responsible for assessing Listed Building Consent applications are fully conversant with all aspects of the rules governing the process. Secondary glazing has long been recognised as a fully reversible adaptation, and as such is generally an accepted treatment. Windows within a heritage property are often the weakest element of its thermal and acoustic envelope. Application of Selectaglaze secondary glazing can transform the internal environment of a building making it both quieter and warmer. Selectaglaze has a wealth of experience in working in Listed properties. Its technical advisors can support customers with the Listed Building Consent process. In practice this means that Selectaglaze offers:
  • A full site survey to gather Listed building drawing details
  • Produce detailed drawings of each window opening treatment  for submission
  • Or, Selectaglaze can gather and produce the required documents and submit the application on a client’s behalf
If you have a Listed property which could be improved with either thermal upgrades or external noise reduction, please do not hesitate contacting Selectaglaze for advice on the process and the most suitable products to meet your needs.