Tourism and conservation working in partnership.

Low Carbon Cottages

The Low Carbon Cottages project aims to reduce carbon emissions and running costs of traditionally built holiday cottages whilst being sensitive to the aesthetic and cultural value of Lakeland buildings.

There are thousands of holiday cottages in the Lake District and Cumbria, and due to the traditional nature of their construction many of these cottages have a high carbon footprint, despite only being occupied 30-50% of the year. 

This groundbreaking low carbon project was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between ourselves and the University of Cumbria, funded from 2013 - 2015. Our aim was to combine the latest research in the retrofitting of energy conservation measures with industry knowledge to produce a toolkit of advice for holiday cottage owners and managers.

We examined practical retrofit techniques and also approaches to raising awareness of environmental issues amongst visitors to encourage more energy efficient stays. We worked with several key lettings agencies and holiday cottage owners to demonstrate that even the most traditional of properties can be easily made more energy efficient. 

Using a study group of cottages we :

  • Calculated the carbon footprint of typical traditional cottages 
  • Assessed energy efficiency using EPCs, thermal imaging and air tightness tests
  • Highlighted potential retrofit approaches to suit budgets big and small
  • Developed case studies of retrofitting undertaken in our study group
  • Tested different approaches to raising awareness amongst holiday makers and encouraging energy efficient stays

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to get your copy of the toolkit.   

Low Carbon Cottages was supprted and funded by Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board), British Energy Coast Campus, The Sustainable Development Fund, The University of Cumbria and The Lake District National Park.

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