Traditional Building Retrofit Course
The event was presented by us (Nurture Lakeland) and we had a great supporting cast of Cumbria Action for Sustainability, the University of Cumbria, Tadea and South Lakes Housing presenting on a myriad of areas all around traditional building retrofit. From breathability and basic building science in traditional buildings to renewables, funding routes and draught proofing.
We had a complete array of attendees, from holiday cottage and other tourism business owners to architects, building surveyors, private and social landlords, home owners and property developers.
We wanted to cover all the basic elements of traditional building retrofit from insulation to heating and lighting, which meant it was a fast paced and compact event. We had over 35 people attend the event, which was great to see. We had several opportunities for the attendees to field questions and share experiences of what retrofit action had worked and which hadn’t worked as well, which was great to see and hear. The presenters tried to offer practical and affordable methods to dealing with issues such as damp, mould, high bills and carbon intensive buildings.
We looked at how to assess your current building, from Energy Performance Certificates, Carbon Footprinting, airtightness and thermal imaging amongst other methods too. And this really is the start of your energy efficiency journey. The most common question I get asked is where do I start and people found this section really useful. Once understanding how to assess your baseline performance we launched into how to reduce your carbon emissions and running costs.
From the feedback forms the event was scored on average 2.2, with 1 being the highest score to be awarded, which is high praise indeed.
I would like to thank all the presenters on the day; Ian Baker from Tadea, Dr Patrick Quinlan from University of Cumbria, Andrew Northcott from CAFS, Carl Ballentyne and Lisa Maguire from South Lakes Housing and all staff at the Field Studies Council Blencathra for their help.