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Retrofitting Traditional Buildings 2: Case Studies – Online

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This half-day seminar presents a range of case study projects involving traditional and historic buildings across the UK, illustrating the key principles and details required for a holistic, whole-building approach to retrofit.

The follow up course to Retrofitting Traditional Building 1: Principles and Practice.

Please note that due to popular demand, this course has been designed as a follow up to Nick Heath's "Retrofitting Traditional Building 1: Principles and Practice" course.  It is strongly suggested (but not compulsory), that delegates attend the first course before this Case Studies session.

Case studies include a range of project types including domestic and non-domestic, urban and rural, listed and unlisted buildings, conversions and deep- to medium-level performance targets. Both completed and uncompleted projects are presented, together with pre-retrofit performance analysis, hygrothermal simulations, detailed architectural drawings and post-occupancy monitoring where available to demonstrate the links between theory and practice.

Most projects represent good practice, but there are also opportunities to learn from examples of poor practice and/or unintended consequences, highlighting the importance of de-risking projects via a robust, holistic approach.

As well as being taken through several completed projects in detail, subject to group preference delegates will also have the opportunity to work through a project, working individually and together to identify appropriate retrofit strategies. This will allow delegates to compare experience, work through some of the challenges involved in a typical traditional building retrofit, discuss different approaches and highlight the importance of treating every building individually.

Case studies will change over time, but will cover award-winning projects from renowned retrofit specialists as well as lesser-known projects. Project types are likely to include examples of: deep retrofit of brick-built townhouses; mid-level retrofit of different property types across Scotland; non-domestic EnerPHit retrofit; rural stone building retrofit & barn conversion; and more. WUFI moisture risk analysis will be covered, and delegates will also be shown resources to explore a wide range of case studies across the UK and Europe.

ARB and RIBA Mandatory CPD Requirements

As of January 2024, all architects on the UK Register are required by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) to record and confirm participation in CPD to maintain registration. ARB’s CPD scheme is activity-based and is focused on learning outcomes. You can find out more about ARB’s CPD requirements here.

View or download this checklist which shows in more detail how attendance on this course can help you meet these requirements. 

About the trainer

Nicholas Heath MA MSc is a Certified Passivhaus Consultant and Retrofit Coordinator, and Founding Director of NDM Heath Ltd, an independent building energy consultancy working across the UK. He has a wealth of experience in the challenges of achieving meaningful building upgrades that address environmental, economic and social agendas. He has a particular expertise in the sustainable, low-energy retrofit of traditional and historic buildings.

Nicholas has authored numerous best-practice technical retrofit guides, research papers, planning guidance for low-energy refurbishment of traditional and listed buildings and design
& installation guidance for local authorities; advised on national research into traditional building retrofit; assessed project applications for Government retrofit funding; sits on Government-level & technical working groups for retrofit; and has extensive experience of technical training development and delivery. He has led several award-winning historic building retrofit projects, which have led to changes in local planning policy and have received international recognition as examples of best practice.

He 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 strategies for the responsible retrofit of traditional buildings. He works with a wide range of public & private clients including architects, developers, government bodies, local authorities, national & international conservation agencies, universities and professional training bodies. He has provided services for UNESCO, Historic England, National Trust, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Government, Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA), SPAB, IHBC, RIAS, RIBA CITB , the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB), as well as numerous architect firms, local authorities and private clients. He has worked on building projects at all scales, from individual houses to 700-unit retrofit schemes to rural castles to the British Museum, covering the UK from the South coast of England to Snowdonia to the Inner Hebrides.

Nicholas is also Associate Director of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA), Affiliate of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), Fellow of the former Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE), Member of the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB), member of the BSI’s Retrofit Standards Task Group, Steering Group member of The Green Register, member of the Westminster Retrofit Task Force and a part-time lecturer at the University of York. In addition, he is a licenced PHPP and SAP Assessor.

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

“To receive a presentation by one of the top experts in the field is reassuring & extremely beneficial to me and ultimately to my clients, who entrust me to preserve & enhance their lives through my design work.”
“Excellent speaker who made the content engaging, good balance of theory & case studies, good interaction with the participants.”
“Excellent event overall – very in depth. The presenter is excellent & very knowledgeable.”
“Excellent training. And I love the fact that there is room so often for questions & comments, it is dynamic and richer.”
“Very well presented. Nick clearly has a great depth of knowledge in this field.”
"Good scope & insight from an experienced practitioner, & plenty of follow-up resources.”


  • Book 3 places for the price of 2. Use this discount code when registering: 342
    The 342 discount can only be used for 3 people from the same organisation booking a place at the same event / whole series of events.
  • Book RTB1 and RTB2 at the same time for a discount.
25/09/2024 from 09:30 to 13:00
Online Training
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Members £63.00
Non-Members £84.00
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