Village & Community Halls: A Net Zero Design Guide

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This guide is for anyone managing a village hall and wondering how to improve the quality and performance of their building by making it more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

It is intended as a simple, practical and helpful resource outlining the things management committees should consider when planning how to ‘go green’, as well as introducing the different technologies that can be used to this end.

The experiences of halls that have already done this are referenced throughout. It is hoped that armed with this information, readers will be inspired and feel more confident to take the first steps on this important journey.

We are thankful to Ben Stagg for authoring the guidance and the sponsorship of several industry leading suppliers listed below who made it possible.


Stagg Architects are an experienced architectural studio dedicated to giving new life to buildings through creative re-use, extension and optimisation. We help our clients address climate change through contemporary low-energy design, low-carbon retrofit solutions, and renewable technologies.


Baxi provide integrated solutions for domestic, commercial and community heating and hot water. We’ve been manufacturing in the UK since 1866 and today we’re home to more than 1300 employees across the UK & Ireland with a breadth of knowledge and experience that’s literally centuries in the making! Our team of heating and hot water experts are here to understand and listen carefully to your needs and challenges, finding the right solution for your building and your objectives.

Established in 1991, FAKRO has over 30 years of experience in providing energy-efficient solutions dedicated to bringing light and access to any space, ranging from pitched and flat roof windows to loft ladders. Our reputation for excellence in innovation and sustainability has positioned us as a leader in the industry.

A leading player in home heating and renewable technology. With over 40,000 happy customers already, Heatable are helping homeowners and businesses alike demolish the barriers in the way of their carbon reduction goals. A Which? Trusted Trader for the 2nd year running, with a relentless pursuit of best-in-class tech, Heatable are paving the way to a greener future.

Herschel Infrared is the UK market leader in infrared heating with solutions for residential & commercial applications. With UK production facilities & global distribution, our solutions have been warming people & buildings for 15 years. Highly controllable, our heaters are easy to install, with no servicing requirement & provide efficient comfort for halls. We hope to share the benefits of infrared & how our heaters can be combined with solar, battery & renewable tariffs for net zero heating.

Drawing on 40 years of experience in the industry, Knauf Insulation is leading the change in smarter insulation solutions, for a better world. Our mission is to challenge conventional thinking and create innovative insulation solutions that shape the way we live and build in the future, with care for the people who make them, the people who use them and the world we all depend on.

Royal warrant holder Selectaglaze is a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of bespoke secondary glazing. Selectaglaze offers slim, sympathetic designs and outstanding thermal performance. Known for meticulous attention to detail, the company has proudly supported thousands of retrofit projects since 1966.

Utility Aid is the UK’s leading energy broker for the charity and not-for-profit sector. As well as helping to secure new contracts with your Electric, Gas, and Water, Utility Aid can also help with supplier problems, inaccurate bills, advising on renewable energy options, and your journey to ‘Net Zero’.

ZOLB EV is a CPO (Charge Point Operator), providing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations to organisations and businesses across the UK. As a CPO, they provide a full service EV charging offering, including consultation, design, supply, install and ongoing management.