Retrofitting Buildings for Energy Efficiency :: Day 1 :: First Steps in Retrofitting

This is the first day in our CPD accredited course – Refurbishing Buildings for Energy Efficiency – suitable for building professionals to experienced hobbyists. The course will cover the refurbishment and improvement of existing buildings to make them more sustainable, reducing energy consumption and improving energy efficiency.

Description: An introduction to the concept of retrofitting of existing buildings, why it is necessary and the specific issues to consider when looking at the options available for improving the energy performance of this particular building type.

The day will also look at current legislation and incentives; the existing methods of assessing energy performance and their limitations as well as recent research and improvements in our understanding of traditional building performance. The course will consist of illustrated lectures.

Aims: On completion of the day participants should have a common base level of understanding ahead of future days in the course, where topics are developed in more detail.

Topics and timings: In brief, the topics covered during this first day include: Drivers for reducing energy use in buildings; Carrots and sticks, including legislation; Assessing building performance (EPCs, SAP, SBEM, U-values); Recent research and what makes a hard-to-treat property

Presenter Biography: The lecturer for this day is James Innerdale of Crosby Granger Architects. James specialises in the repair, conservation and adaptation of historic buildings. He believes in the inherent importance of the history, fabric and craftsmanship of old buildings, as well as the need to understand the traditional methods used in their construction.

He has experience of all aspects of building project management and administration; clients include domestic home owners as well as the National Trust and places of worship.

James has also been engaged to provide heritage skills training for the North of England Civic Trust, the Heritage Trust for the North West, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the IHBC, providing training for homeowners, professionals and contractors.

James was awarded the SPAB Scholarship in 1996 and has subsequently worked for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings as Northern Officer and is a member of the technical panel and technical officer for their Maintenance Co-operatives Project.

Cost: Worth over £200 per day, with funding and support from Kendal College and South Lakeland District Council we are able to offer each day at a subsidised rate of £115.

Getting there: Kendal is served by two railway stations; Kendal and Oxenholme are about 30 minutes walk (1.5 to 2 miles) from the College. Bus service information can be found by clicking here  Parking is available on site at £3 per day.

Lunch and refreshments are included.