The ‘green revolution’ and the imposition of PAS 2035: Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency Specification and Guidance,  means that there will be a much-increased demand for designers of retrofit works. Retrofit work to traditional buildings will be extensive compared to modern ones and considering that these make up 35% of UK housing stock this will comprise a significant amount of work for Retrofit Designers. Work to traditional buildings will come under risk paths B and C.

Under risk path B, there are specific professional membership requirements for Retrofit Designers, or they should be qualified as Retrofit Co-ordinators . It’s the same under risk path C, except that in addition to professional membership requirements, they will also have to be qualified Retrofit Co-ordinators or alternatively hold the Level 3 award qualification in the energy efficiency and retrofit of traditional buildings.

Above all else Retrofit Designers working on traditional and historic buildings will be required to hold membership of a building conservation certification scheme. If the project is in risk path B that membership at the lowest level will suffice. The CIOB Building Conservation Certification scheme is ideally suited to Retrofit Designers working on traditional buildings in risk path B.

In some way these opportunities can be taken up with the following actions:

Risk path B

  • Professional membership or a qualified Retrofit Co-ordinator
  • For work on traditional buildings also be a member of a Building Conservation Certification scheme at the lowest level. Access to the CIOB scheme commences with a 2-day course: Understanding Building Conservation unless individuals already have a qualification in building conservation.

Risk path C

  • Professional membership and the Level 3 Award qualification in retrofitting traditional buildings qualifies the Retrofit Designer for most building types. Find out about the 2-day Level 3 Award course.
  • For work on traditional buildings also be a member of a Building Conservation Certification scheme at the highest level. . Access to the CIOB scheme commences with a 2-day course: Understanding Building Conservation unless individuals already have a qualification in building conservation.

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