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Low Carbon Cottages

General theme LCC

The Low Carbon Cottages project is aiming to reduce carbon emissions and running costs of traditionally built holiday cottages whilst being sensitive to the aesthetic and cultural value of our beautiful 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 can have a high carbon footprint. In this project we are working to engage the self-catering sector with environmental best practice and to promote energy efficiency improvements into properties. We are examining both practical retrofit techniques and approaches to raising awareness of environmental issues amongst our holiday cottage visitors to encourage more energy efficient stays.


toolkit portraitLow Carbon Cottages Energy Saving Toolkit


Traditionally built holiday cottages have a high annual energy use – despite only being occupied 30-50% of the year. We've produced a toolkit was produced as part of a groundbreaking low carbon initiative to help self-catering cottage owners reduce their energy costs. Click on the image to get your copy.  



Working with several key lettings agencies and holiday cottage owners we are out to demonstrate that even the most traditional of properties can with a little help become more energy efficient. 

Using our study group of cottages we are:

  • Calculating the carbon footprint of typical traditional cottages 
  • Assessing energy efficiency using EPCs and technologies including thermal imaging and air tightness tests
  • Highlighting potential retrofit approaches to suit budgets big and small
  • Developing case studies of retrofitting undertaken in our study group
  • Raising awareness amongst holiday makers and testing different approaches to encouraging energy efficient stays in holiday cottages


Find out more in these articles and blogs: 


Drum roll please...Competition winners announced!

Energy Efficiency - It's all in the data

Thermal Imaging - How did our cottages do?

Techniques - Airtightness and Thermal Imaging

Energy Performance Certificates and Carbon Footprints

Meet our Low Carbon Cottages study group



Low Carbon Cottages by low carbon means

Traditional Building Retrofit Course - April 2014

Panning and Retrofit in Traditional Buildings

Insulation Inspiration


With thanks to our funders and supporters: 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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