Retrofitting Buildings for Energy Efficiency :: Day 3 :: How We Live In Our Buildings

This is the third 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: The day will combine theory and practical analysis, providing an understanding of factors affecting comfort and health in homes. A site visit is included, analysing factors within a home that has damp and ventilation issues.

Aims: To provide participants with an understanding of the relationships between the key environmental factors at play within dwellings. The analysis of a dwelling, through data-logged information and a site visit, will allow theory to be applied practically.

Topics: In brief, the topics covered during this day include: Thermal comfort; Moisture within dwellings; Ventilation; Site visit and analysis

Presenter Biography: This lecturer for this day is Diane Hubbard of Green Footsteps. Diane is a mechanical engineer whose recent work has focused on the issues of improving the energy efficiency of traditional homes.

Her work in relation to air flows, air quality, airtightness and thermal imaging is practically applied through her consultancy Green Footsteps, working for individual clients and on larger projects, which recently include work for Historic Scotland and the Society for the Protection on Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

She initiated the development of a pilot qualification for the refurbishment of traditional buildings for Cumbria Action for Sustainability / the University of Cumbria and has been involved nationally with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in a formal qualification on the same subject.

Diane has an MSc in Architecture (Centre for Alternative Technology) and continues her building physics research investigating the relationship between air flows in existing buildings, energy loss, building fabric and occupant health.

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.