Retrofit Assessment: getting it right for the best results - Online
Without a thorough assessment prior to the works starting, some measures may be less effective or have unintended consequences.
About the session
During this 2 hour live online training session, Alan Pither, a specialist in energy efficiency, environmental assessment and sustainable development will:
- discuss the importance of assessment to support the design of a retrofit project
- review the factors that should be considered in the assessment and the skills and knowledge required from the assessor
- explain how a retrofit assessment differs from an EPC assessment and why
Alan will explain why the following factors are so important to consider before any retrofit works are carried out:
- The context of the property – location, access, neighbouring properties, planning permission, significance for traditional buildings, architectural features
- The condition of the property – identifying and establishing the causes of defects, condensation and mould growth, other dampness
- Energy performance – overview of principles (the energy balance), similarities and differences between RdSAP, SAP and PHPP, key outputs from the energy assessment
- Occupancy – impact of occupancy on energy performance, customising energy assessments to account for actual occupancy details, taking account of occupants needs and ambitions.
- Ventilation – assessing the existing ventilation, constraints on ventilation options
- The assessment process itself – preliminary research, site visit, identifying construction, constraints and opportunities for improvement options, data capture and evidence, when to bring in specialists
This training session will focus on domestic buildings but the content is also applicable to non-domestic, especially smaller non-domestic buildings with simple services systems.
The sessions is appropriate for architects, engineers, surveyors and contractors and anyone interested in learning how to get the the most sustainable outcome for their retrofit project.
About the trainer
Alan Pither is a highly experienced trainer and advisor who has worked on energy and environmental assessment throughout the UK for over 30 years. He has a thorough understanding of the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) and the modelling of energy efficiency improvements using this. Alan also has an in-depth knowledge of small and large scale domestic low carbon retrofit, regularly carrying out the appraisal of options for insulation and alternative heating systems for both large landlords and individual home owners.
He has assisted with the development of the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Co-ordination and Risk Management and as well as being a regular tutor for this course he manages the assessment of learners for this qualification on behalf of the Retrofit Academy.