Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings: 2 day course


Times: 9 – 5 on both days


  • 9th & 10th December 2019 – Cardiff

Bookings are now closed for the following dates:

  • 2nd & 3rd September 2019 – London
  • 21st & 22nd January 2020 – Manchester
  • 25th & 26th Feburary 2020 – Edinburgh
  • Date TBC – Belfast

Examination Registration

A registration fee of £60.75* is also payable to the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) who will award the qualification which we will add onto the course fee for those wishing to apply for the formal qualification. *Please note this registration fee is set by CITB and SQA and not refundable once it has been paid.

Course Description

Over one quarter of buildings in the UK are traditionally built and are often mistakenly treated as modern buildings resulting in unintended consequences – they require ‘responsible retrofit’.

The Environment Study Centre has teamed up with the CITB’s National Construction College and specialist building consultancy Edwards Hart to develop this unique  2-day  course that delivers a real qualification in energy efficiency retrofit. It is also the only course of its kind that is delivered all over the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Environment Study Centre prides itself in delivering high quality training and since 2016 has seen over 200 individuals achieve the level 3 Award qualification from a range of organisations that have included housing associations, contractors, sustainability bodies, consultants and heritage organisations which has included the National Trust and English Heritage. For 2019, the course material has been extensively reviewed and improved to take account of PAS 2035, the new UK standard specification for the retrofit of dwellings and latest developments and research.

Upon successful completion participants will be awarded the SQA Level 3 Award for Energy Efficiency for Older & Traditional Buildings (QCF). This is a government approved qualification and has been developed to suit contractors and consultants, as well as clients.

This qualification provides individuals with the recognition that they have achieved an independently recognised level of knowledge. However, participants can choose to opt out of taking the exam if they choose not to be registered for the qualification.

If you are involved in Government or energy provider funded retrofit, you may be required to hold the SQA Level 3 Award for Energy Efficiency for Older & Traditional Buildings (QCF) qualification. The UK standard retrofit specification ‘PAS 2035: Specification for retrofitting dwellings for improved energy efficiency’ makes this a requirement

The three SQA Level 3 Award units that make up the Level 3 Award, and are listed below:

  • SQA code H6MK 69 Older and Traditional Buildings: Age, Nature and Characteristics
  • SQA unit code H6MM 69 Older and Traditional Buildings: Assessing Options for the Introduction of Energy Efficiency Measures
  • SQA code H6MN 69 Older and Traditional Buildings: Making Recommendations and Giving Advice on the Introduction of Energy Efficiency Measures.

In addition, supplementary information to support learners understanding of the broader issues affecting the energy efficiency and retrofit of pre-1919 traditional buildings is provided in the form of a course handbook (provided in electronic format) covering the subject areas below:

  • Understanding the chronology, building styles, age and characteristics of traditional (pre-1919) buildings and understanding how the thermal performance and energy and efficiency of traditional (pre-1919) buildings are assessed
  • Understanding the impact of the Installation of retrofit of energy efficiency measures to traditional (pre-1919) buildings and installation of energy efficiency measures in relationship to craft occupations
  • Understanding the range of available energy efficiency systems and measures available

Note all applicants must bring a laptop onto the course.

During the 2 days each participant are expected to undertake three tests (majority of questions are multiple choice) and upon successful completion will be put forward to achieve the qualification.

Once payment has been received participants will be sent the course manual in electronic format. This will be supplemented by further training material at the training session.

This is a two-day course, but it requires 21 hours of learning and therefore each participant will be required to undertake essential pre-course work as advised by the course trainer; this is regardless of pre-course knowledge in the subject.

The Environment Study Centre prides itself in ensuring that all its courses are delivered by experts with genuine expertise in all the requisite areas which can be backed up with demonstrable experience and that includes this course.

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:

  • Experience of sustainable refurbishment and energy efficiency retrofit spanning nearly forty years.
  • 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 and the Retrofit Task Group
  • 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

Professor Edwards is Director of Edwards Hart Consultants and formerly of Cadw and English Heritage

The course requires participants to have experience of the construction and property industry and is suitable for a range of practitioners which includes:

  • Architects / Retrofit Designers, Surveyors, Engineers & Housing Technical Officers
  • Energy Assessors and advisors
  • Project Managers / Retrofit Co-ordinators
  • Conservation Officers
  • Building Control Officers
  • Works Supervisors & Site Managers
  • First Line Supervisors & Managers.
  • Estimators, planners and designers
  • All-round general building operatives who have some experience of working on traditional buildings
  • Installers of Solid Wall Insulation Systems
  • Experienced Craftspeople
  • Client Representatives

Any requests for rescheduling or cancellation must be received by email and it is your responsibility to ensure that the Environment Study Centre has received your request. The Environment Study Centre will reply with a written acknowledgement within 2 working days.
Refunds will be made for any cancellations received but these must be in writing at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the event. Cancellations will be subject to a 15% administration charge. Refunds will not be made for cancellations received after this date. It will not be possible to refund exam fees that have already been paid to a third party.

Rescheduling is allowed on two occasions per individual booking (providing the course is available on further occasions, which is not guaranteed). Requests must be received by email at least two weeks prior to the event commencement date. If the rescheduled event is not taken up within 12 months of the date of the original event the entire fee will be forfeited.

London – 2nd & 3rd September 2019

Federation of Master Builders
David Croft House, 25 Ely Place, London EC1N 6TD

Venues TBC for

  • 21st – 22nd January 2020 – Manchester
  • 9th – 10th December 2019 – Cardiff
  • 25th – 26th February 2020 – Edinburgh
  • Date TBC – Belfast