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Retrofitting Traditional Buildings: Principles and Practice – Brighton

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Special offer - benefit from £20 off the cost of this course, due to kind support from The Green Building Partnership

SPECIAL OFFER - £20 off!
We are offering all attendees £20 off the usual fee due to kind support from The Green Building Partnership. Members pay £79 instead of £99; Non-members pay £129 instead of £149.

A one-day technical training course covering emerging research, best practice and case studies in the field of upgrading traditional and historic buildings.

  • How do we protect our traditional buildings but make them fit for the future?
  • What are the risks for large-scale retrofit projects?
  • How can solid-walled buildings be insulated without causing Unintended Consequences?

About the seminar

Addressing energy efficiency is fast becoming one of the most pressing issues for older, traditionally-constructed buildings. However, retaining character and significance can be at odds with achieving improved thermal efficiency, and there is increasing evidence highlighting not only the benefits but also the risks of different technical solutions.

Upgrading traditional building fabric is notoriously complex and costly, particularly where planning restrictions apply, and a holistic understanding of buildings, upgrade measures and occupant behaviour is required before modern materials are applied to older structures.

In this one-day technical training course expert trainer Nicholas Heath examines current issues, solutions and emerging best practice in how to achieve ‘responsible retrofit’ – sustainable, low-energy traditional buildings with retained character, minimal risk to buildings and occupants and real benefits for all.

Principles including moisture movement, thermal bridging, building and insulation materials, energy assessments, planning and finance are complemented by practical solutions for domestic buildings, with a focus on solid walls, windows and ventilation as part of a whole-building approach.

Practical application is demonstrated by case studies and practical sessions, and technical detail encompasses recent research projects published by English Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, SPAB, the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) and others.

Both good and bad practice will be covered, in order to highlight the importance of adopting an appropriate, responsible approach to traditional building retrofit. Case studies of large-scale solid wall insulation failures will be presented alongside comprehensive new guidance on how to avoid these pitfalls and adopt robust approaches to area-based insulation schemes.

Note: This event has been extended to a full day due to demand from delegates requesting more information and in-depth analysis.

About the speaker

Nicholas Heath MA MSc is Founding Director of NDM Heath Ltd, an independent sustainable energy consultancy based in Yorkshire. He has a wealth of experience in the challenges of achieving meaningful building upgrades that address environmental, economic and social agendas. In particular, he has a special expertise in the challenges and solutions for traditional and historic building stock, as well as large-scale social housing regeneration.

Formerly with sustainable development organisation Changeworks – where he remains an Associate Consultant – Nicholas is the author of numerous traditional building retrofit guides, technical papers, research reports and planning guidance, and has extensive experience of technical training development and delivery.

Nicholas has led high-profile research into solid wall insulation on traditional buildings, and has worked with several local authorities and social housing providers to develop city-wide strategies for the responsible retrofit of traditional buildings. He has worked nationally and internationally with a wide range of public and private clients including the Scottish Government, Historic England, Historic Scotland, UNESCO, EST, CITB, RIBA, RICS, STBA and SPAB, as well as numerous architect firms, local authorities and housing associations, universities and community groups.

Nicholas is also Technical Director of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA), an Affiliate and Technical Panel Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), and a part-time lecturer at the University of York. In addition, he is a licenced SAP and BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Assessor, providing both new-build and existing building energy audits and upgrade strategies to the private sector.

What have our delegates said about the Retrofitting Traditional Buildings seminar?

"Excellent overview by very knowledgeable expert"
"All was useful, in depth and interesting – stimulating the mind!"
"Case studies and product information were particularly useful and applicable to my projects"
"Excellent specific examples!"
"Concise, covers a lot of information, good product guidance and good practice guidance"
"Advice for the local householder’s perspective was invaluable"

SPECIAL OFFER - £20 off the cost of the course for all attendees

We are offering all attendees £20 off the usual fee due to kind support from The Green Building Partnership. Members pay £79 instead of £99; Non-members pay £129 instead of £149.


Book 3 places at this event and get the 3rd place free. Book your places online as normal and we will deduct the cost of the 3rd place once your booking is received.

This course is held with support from:

The Green Building Partnership is a Co-operative of companies based in Brighton & Hove whose principle aim is to make Brighton and Hove an exemplar green building city by providing professional building refurbishment services through their members to a wide range of clients, including but not restricted to community organisations, home owners, landlords and the public sector.

May 5th, 2016 09:40 through 16:30
Jubilee Library
Jubilee Street
Brighton, BN1 1GE
United Kingdom
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