The Institute for Historic Building Conservation Retrofit Process for Traditional Buildings

This course is available as in-house course. Please contact us for further details.

Course Description

The Institute for Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the leading institute for the understanding and care of older buildings and for the development and promotion of best practice. The IHBC has published a guide for the Retrofit of Traditional Buildings and its author has developed this online course focusing on the best practice process to adopt

Over one quarter of buildings in the UK are traditionally built and these are categorised as those built before 1919. With such a huge proportion of UK building stock traditionally built nearly everyone will come across them at some time and will need to be equipped to deal with them in an informed way. By attending this course you should be able to understand:

  • The differences between traditionally constructed buildings and newer buildings including the way they perform and should be treated.
  • What information you will need to obtain to understand traditional buildings properly.
  • The process of understanding how to go about undertaking a survey of an older building and the issues to look out for.
  • How the hygrothermal performance of a building can change and note possible unintended consequences of retrofitting.
  • The decision-making processes necessary in order to arrive at the correct solutions – this will involve tools like the retrofit guidance wheel and impact assessments.
  • How the various means by which the thermal performance of elements can be improved including appropriate materials and design
  • Dealing with heritage values.
  • The optimum way of controlling works and managing quality.
  • Where to obtain good guidance and guidance that should be avoided

Training will be delivered by one of the UK’s leading experts in the retrofit and sustainable refurbishment of traditional and historic buildings, Prof John Edwards, MA, DipBldgCons, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC:

  • Chair of the IHBC Technical Panel
  • Author of IHBC retrofit guidance
  • Experience of sustainable refurbishment and energy efficiency retrofit spanning nearly forty years involving thousands of buildings.
  • Leadership – has led in the development of best practice in undertaking research and development of Standards and guidance. Co-founded the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance
  • Expertise – expert panel membership of BSI committees including PAS 2035, PAS 2030, PAS2038 and the Retrofit Standards Task Group. STBA expert panel member. Construction Site Management Retrofit National Occupational Standards – development team
  • Chartered Environmentalist – the highest achievement for professional Environmentalists.
  • Certified in work to traditional and historic buildings – acknowledged as an expert by heritage bodies.
  • Chartered Construction Manager – highest acknowledgment of expertise in planning and managing construction work.
  • Chartered Building Surveyor – highest acknowledgment of expertise in assessing and analysing buildings.
  • Professor of Practice – highest acknowledgment by academia of industry expertise and leadership.
  • Qualified educator – qualified with expertise in the development and the delivery of training

Additional Information


ESC CPD Certificate

Course Length

1 Day


Start at 9:30am. Finish at 4:30pm


4th September 2020 – Online