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Norma_Stitts posted..

[QUOTE=Coleman]You can improve the thermal property's of old buildings, but you will never get them to anywhere near the level of a modern building. And the costs can be very high for any decent improvements, bear in mind that even with a house (which is considerably smaller than this building) the cheapish and quick fix of cavity wall and loft insulation will only give a 20-30% improvement (despite some claims its more), scale up to commercial buildings and the gains are even smaller, if they are even possible! (dependent on construction).

As far as maintaining the building goes it's not like an average 50 year old home where the home owner can do a bit of DIY every now and then to keep it in order, this is an old building, a large building and a building which is build using materials which are not always easily sourced!

Repairs in these cases almost always need doing by skilled persons, and with the right materials. A trip to B&Q and a couple of weekends up a ladder won't cut it.[/QUOTE]


I would point out, although I noted that you mentioned depending on construction, that a 1790's building will not have a cavity wall. At best it is likely to have twin skins with a rubble infill, which was more common place in the mid/late 1800's. Cavity walls in terms of the ones that you can insulate were more of a common standard building practice from around the 1930's.

The place is an eye sore and needs pulling down, as do many buildings in that area. The only ones that look worse are the neglected vile 3 storey buildings between the Rising Sun and the car garage by the train bridge. Yuck.