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Our courses on energy efficiency retrofit – see what people think

“I just wanted to thank you for the very informative sessions held earlier this week. They were extremely interesting and will be very helpful for my future studies, as well as future projects. I look forward to the possibility of attending similar courses on the subject”. Engineer, Malta “Pat has […]

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Environment Study Centre at Retrofit Leaders Forum

Professor John Edwards, one of the UK’s leading retrofit experts, yesterday attended the Retrofit Leaders Forum at the RICS. Communicating best practice and developing ideas on how the UK can address its climate change emergency with retrofit, was the aim of this event attended by leaders in retrofit. Professor Edwards, […]

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Free book on traditional building retrofit

When you attend the SQA CITB 2-day Level 3 Award course in the energy efficiency retrofit of traditional buildings you will receive this free handbook. The next course takes place on the 2nd and 3rd September in London. Whilst as well as covering the basics in the means by which […]

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New Retrofit Guide for Traditional Buildings

The Institute for Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) has recently published its first guidance on retrofitting buildings. Authored by our tutor in retrofit Professor John Edwards, the guidance promotes an holistic approach to improving the energy efficiency of traditional buildings. The guidance will feature in relevant Environment Study Centre courses, including […]

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PAS2035 – NEW STANDARDS FOR RETROFIT

BSI have recently published official guidance that will set the standard for retrofitting UK homes. Environment Study Centre courses in retrofit will now feature PAS 2035. There is also a requirement for some of those retrofitting traditional buildings to hold the SQA Level 3 Award in the energy efficiency and […]

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NATIONAL TRUST TRAIN WITH THE ENVIRONMENT STUDY CENTRE IN RETROFIT

The Environment Study Centre has now teamed up with the National Trust to train their building staff at their properties and building professionals from other organisations can join in too. Over two days participants will learn about the sustainability, energy efficiency and retrofit of traditional buildings of all sizes from […]

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Insulation: Floors

Insulating Solid Ground Floors The energy saving resulting from insulating solid ground floors can in many cases be of marginal benefit when the cost and disruption to the building fabric are considered. Insulating other building elements is likely to produce greater benefits in energy efficiency for significantly less cost. This […]

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Flooding

Guidance And Standards For Drying Flood Damaged Buildings There is a great deal of guidance available on common methods for drying buildings and on managing and monitoring the drying process. Some of this guidance is available in the public domain free of charge and more is available to buy, but […]

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Renewable Energy

Installing Micro-Generation Systems: A Guide To Best Practice Micro-generation is the production of heat, electricity or both on a small scale from a low carbon source. Many of the technologies use renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, whilst others continue to use fossil fuels, but with greater efficiency […]

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Energy Modelling

Evaluating Energy Modelling For Traditionally Constructed Dwellings With the use of building modelling now mandatory, there is a need to understand the requirement, the types of evaluation packages available and how the apply to certain house types. The use of modelling tools to assess performance and give recommendations for thermal […]

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Energy Efficiency

Building Regulations – Energy Efficiency and Historic and Traditional Buildings This guidance authored by Historic England advises on the application of Part L to historic and traditionally constructed buildings Guidance on Energy Efficiency for Historic & Traditional Buildings This advice document was published by Historic England in 2018. It provides […]

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Embodied Energy

Embodied Energy Considerations For Existing Buildings Here we outline the importance of life cycle analysis (LCA) in assessing the sustainability of new buildings and of maintaining, refurbishing and replacing existing buildings. Embodied energy and carbon is only one part of a building’s life cycle, but is of increasing significance. The […]

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Draught Proofing

DRAUGHT PROOFING DOORS AND WINDOWS 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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Damp

Diagnosis Equipment CARBIDE METER The carbide meter can properly diagnose dampness in buildings and is much superior to electric meters.

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Building Regulations

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND  HISTORIC BUILDINGS – APPLICATION OF PART L OF THE BUILDING REGULATIONS TO HISTORIC AND TRADITIONALLY CONSTRUCTED BUILDINGS English Heritage supports the Government’s aims to Achieving an informed appropriate balance requires improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings an understanding of the regulations and the building, through Part L […]

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Conservation

General Guidance The historic environment is central to Wales’s cultural heritage and sense of identity. It is a resource that should be sustained for the benefit of present and future generations. In this document, Cadw, the historic environment division of the Welsh Assembly Government, sets out a logical approach for […]

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Retrofit

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: Energy Performance Certificates This guidance was published by Historic England in 2015 IHBC Guidance Retrofitting Traditional Buildings Retrofit and Refurbishment of Buildings Heritage Cottage Energy Efficiency Retrofit Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance Bristol Solid Wall Insulation

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BIM

Laser Scanning and BIM A SENSE OF THE PAST – JOHN COUNSELL AND JOHN EDWARDS LOOK AT BIM AT HERITAGE COTTAGE There has been no serious work initiated to date in determining how BIM can be applied in the conservation sector of the UK construction industry and yet work to […]

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