If you are planning to make a historical building more sustainable, it is advisable to hire an expert with technical expertise in sustainability as well as in monumental properties. In addition to insight into the technical feasibility of your project, a complete advice also provides an overview of the legal and financial possibilities specific to your situation. Consider the following aspects:
It starts with finding the right advisor. Choose a consultancy with technical expertise in sustainability as well as in historically valuable buildings. When selecting a party, you might consider the following aspects:
After choosing a consultancy, a consultant will assess your property. The entire building will be mapped out and questions will be asked about the buildings use and renovation history. Collecting as much information about your building as possible beforehand is advisable. You might look into the following aspects:
Based on the assessment of the building and the provided information, a tailored advice will be made, which will be elaborated on in a comprehensive advisory report. This advisory report will help you take further steps, which are described here.
Almost all municipalities in the Netherlands are afiliated to an ‘Energy Service Desk’. An ‘Energy Service desk’ helps you with general questions about saving energy and how to make your building more sustainable. In addition, they often have an overview of local contractors.
De Groene Grachten helps with technical advice and implementation guidance. Our consultants have years of experience in making monuments, protected townscapes and other historical buildings more sustainable. We believe that these properties deserve a unique approach and that the best way to make a building more sustainable is through customised advice.
A tailored advice starts with discussing your wishes or current problems you might face, such as high energy consumption or cold draughts. After, we will examine the entire building, from basement to attic. This results in tailored advice with sustainability measures that you can implement while preserving the historical value. The advice also contains an overview of relevant subsidies and financing possibilities, costs, benefits, energy savings, environmental impact and which regulations you should take into account. We also offer implementation guidance, as a follow-up, to make sure the final result are in line with the original advice.