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FREE Retrofit Courses

The Environment Study Centre have teamed up with CITB, Edwards Hart Consultants, Cadw and the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) to deliver two day retrofit courses that provide a qualification in the energy efficiency and retrofit of traditional buildings and is provided free of charge. The next courses take place […]

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A New Quality Mark

The Environment Study Centre are pleased to announce that they are now an official CIOB Training Partner. This will build upon an existing positive relationship and recognises the high standards of training developed and delivered by the Environment Study Centre. This accolade is a recognised quality mark for training within […]

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FREE Energy Efficiency 2-Day Retrofit Course

There is limited availability for this course which was originally offered at £350. Due to funding from the Construction Wales Innovation Centre this is now available free of charge and takes place in Cardiff on the 20th and 21st March. This course was developed by CITB’s National Construction College and […]

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HERITAGE LOTTERY TOWNSCAPE INITIATIVE SCHEMES

The Environment Study Centre can now offer bespoke courses for Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Townscape Initiative’ Schemes. Our broad range of courses which we have already developed and our expertise in developing courses, which ranges from craft skills to energy efficiency and quality management means that we are unique in being […]

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RETROFIT TRAINING WITH THE NATIONAL TRUST & FMB

Focused on traditional buildings, which make up a quarter of the UK building stock, the National Trust and the Federation of Master Builders have teamed with the Environment Study Centre to deliver a national specialist training programme across England and Wales with funding from CITB. The programme was launched last […]

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NEW 2 Day Course on Energy Efficiency Retrofit

The only course of its kind with a qualification has been developed by CITB’s National Construction College and Edwards Hart Consultants and is only available from the Environment Study Centre. The two day course has been eighteen months in the making with input from Historic Scotland, Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance […]

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Building Conservation best practice – more dates for BS 7913

Further dates have been added due to demand from all over the UK and Ireland. BS 7913 lays down the most authoritative guidance on building conservation. Led by the lead author this one day course is only available from the Environment Study Centre. It takes place in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast […]

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Performance of Buildings

Performance of Buildings   Closing The Gap Between Design And As-Built Performance There is now clear evidence of a gap between the designed and as-built energy performance of new homes. This gap can arise in a number of ways within the overall house-building process and, if significant and widespread, represents […]

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Insulation: Windows

Insulating Dormer Windows Dormers come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and materials and can be a difficult area to insulate, but if insulation is left out or is poorly detailed then the energy efficiency of the whole roof can be compromised. Here, information on the principles, risks, materials […]

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Insulation: Roofs

Insulating Flat Roofs The simplest and most common way to insulate a pitched roof is to add insulation above the horizontal ceiling of the top floor. However, if the top floor is open to the rafters and is used as habitable accommodation then insulation will need to be provided at […]

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Windows

Draught Proofing Windows And Doors Draught-proofing is one of the most cost effective and least intrusive ways of improving the comfort of occupants and reducing energy used for heating with little or no change to a building’s appearance. It has the added benefit of helping to reduce noise and keeping […]

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Walls

Early Cavity Walls Builders and architects started to experiment with cavity or ‘hollow walls’ from early in the Victorian period. By the first decade of the 20th century, most pattern books for houses included examples of outer walls with two separate leaves of brickwork. Initially the development of the ‘hollow’ […]

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Green Deal

Keeping Warm In A Cooler House Here we challenge the perception that houses must be heated to modern standards, and explores achieving comfort in an older house using background lowฉ\temperature heating and local supplementary heaters to create warmth as required. The report neither advocates that buildings be not heated, nor […]

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