External wall of the 'Passive Haus'.

Today, COP26 will focus on advancing action in the places we live, from communities, through to cities and regions.

Climate change will have a significant impact on communities around the country. Heritage can help us respond and act in a number of ways. Our primary response has to be in retaining – and adapting – what we already have, and what is valued by local people and visitors alike.

The Zetland Road PassivHaus project adapted a pair of typical ‘hard to treat’ Victorian townhouses in Manchester to meet the demanding PassivHaus standard. The case study, submitted by Historic England, demonstrates that historic buildings can be made highly energy efficient.

Read the Historic England case study here

The restoration of the historic Burnley Canal wharf is set to bring major benefits to the former textile town. An important canal wharf and three Grade II listed buildings have been saved and given a new use and by doing so, the lifespan of the buildings has been extended and embodied carbon has been retained. The site has been restored by the Canal & River Trust with financial assistance from National Lottery Heritage Fund, European Regional Development Fund and Burnley Council.

Read the Canal & River Trust case study here.

Both the case studies feature in our report #HeritageResponds, which can be downloaded here.

Heritage is part of the solution.

Picture: Rick McCullagh.