Village halls and community buildings are the social heart of an area. For the committees that run them, though, it’s often a challenge to keep up with the running costs – especially for older buildings.
Reducing the cost of heating and lighting is an investment that makes a long-term difference to ongoing bills.
Improving insulation, ventilation and draught-proofing, installing low-energy LED lighting and renewable energy like solar PV are the main ways to go about it, along with good maintenance to stop rain water or other forms of damp getting in.
For most buildings, the first step is to work out what improvements to make. In many cases, we’d recommend having the building properly assessed by an expert. Older buildings in particular must work as a system and it’s essential to get insulation, ventilation and moisture management working well together.
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Examples in Cumbria
If you’re wondering what’s possible or where to start, have a look at these examples of what other village halls have done.
Lowick Community Hall
An 1880s building, renovated with new wall and roof insulation, new floor, double-glazing, solar PV, air-source heat pump. In our case study below, the team behind the renovations share what went well and lessons they learnt.