Welcome to our August Newsletter
In each edition as Editor I will bring together latest news, features and general advice on issues concerning buildings relating to their sustainability,  energy efficiency,  healthy occupancy and climate change as well as training opportunities and relevant events. In this edition we concentrate on traditional buildings.
“If you work with buildings constructed before 1919, this edition is for you”
Professor John Edwards
Editor Environment Study News
UK Oldest Buildings in the World
The UK may not have the oldest building in the world, that accolade belongs to France with Barnenez dating to 4850 BC, but in terms of proportion, with a quarter of 100 years old or more the UK has the oldest building stock in the western world. With it being such a huge proportion, most people in construction and property work with traditional buildings at some time in their career and need to understand how to deal with older buildings properly – they should not be treated as if they were modern. Environment Study Centre courses helps to equip individuals to work on all types of buildings.   Find out more.
Retrofitting traditional buildings – a free book
There are few and far between publication that properly address all the issue necessary in making traditional buildings energy efficient and this publication is free when you participate in the only course on retrofitting traditional buildings that offers a real qualification. The CITB SQA accredited Level 3 award 2 day course, next takes place in London on the 2nd and 3rd September. This is your last chance to book.
Find out more.
SQA Level 3 Award Energy Efficiency and Retrofit of Traditional Buildings – a requirement under PAS2035
2-day course – next in London 2nd & 3rd September 2019
You must book by midday on 16th August
For more information and to book
What people say about our courses
Hundreds have completed the 2-day SQA Level 3 Award Energy Efficiency and Retrofit of Traditional Buildings course and see what some of those thought about it:
“Just a quick line to say how much I enjoyed your course last week at Rowallane on energy retrofit. Although a lot of the principles are familiar to me, it was very useful to learn afresh and to augment the knowledge I have. I have already found it beneficial when in touch with owners / stakeholders. My colleagues likewise found the BS 7913 course very useful (and sorry I couldn't attend all!!)”Architect, Northern Ireland
Read others here.
The traditional building retrofit process
The process of retrofitting traditional buildings is aptly describe in the IHBC guidance on retrofitting traditional buildings. This guidance is available free of charge and its application is described in detail on the CITB 2 day course SQA Level 3 Award in the Energy Efficiency and Retrofit of Traditional Buildings.
Retrofit Assessors working to PAS 2035 on Traditional Buildings
The BSI PAS 2035 requires Retrofit Assessors assessing buildings constructed before 1919 to obtain the SQA Level 3 award qualification in the energy efficiency and retrofit of traditional buildings. Find out more.
Retrofit Roadshow
You can find out more about PAS 2035 and how it is applied by attending a Retrofit Roadshow seminar
FM and Historic Buildings
Everyone involved in the management and operation of historic buildings need to understand the special nature of those buildings and that includes having some understanding of their heritage values. The Environment Study Centre provides in house training for organisations involve in the facilities management of historic buildings. Recently training was delivered to employees of ‘Incentive FM’, the FM provider at Somerset House.  Kriby Ramudu Incentive FM’s account manager at Somerset House said: “We consider it vitally import to make sure that our staff are very aware of the special nature of Somerset House and how it makes a difference to the way they work and we are happy to invest in the necessary training”.  Find out more about in-house training provided by the Environment Study Centre.
Retrofit Leaders Forum
Environment Study Centre expert on energy efficiency retrofit Professor John Edwards last week attended the Retrofit Leaders Forum hosted at the RICS. Find out more about this event.
2-day entry course leading into the CIOB Building Conservation Certification scheme, but also a standalone course
Understanding Building Conservation
– next in London and Belfast
For more information and to book
Understanding and dealing with heritage values
The authoritative guide for traditional and historic buildings is BS7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings and here it explains that all older building will have some heritage values. Read more about BS7913 and heritage values. The 2 day CIOB course, Understanding Building Conservation provides participants with the opportunity to analyse heritage values and develop heritage impact assessments. Find out more about this training course.
Managing work to traditional buildings
There are additional things to consider when planning any type of work to an existing building compared to constructing a new one, and even more when it comes to traditional buildings. Find out more.
CIOB 1-day course Project Management and Supervision of Work to Historic and Traditional Buildings
Next 1st October 2019 in London. Find out more.
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