An introduction to Sustainable Refurbishment in Housing
One Day Course
One Day Course
- This training course will demonstrate how to plan and execute successful, cost effective and sustainable housing refurbishment.
- The newly refurbished Victorian Terrace will also provide a 'live' example of Sustainable Refurbishment. Based on the BRE Watford site the project aims to generate a new evidence base of knowledge on the best and most effective ways to upgrade the UK's existing housing stock and reduce the CO2 it produces. (Please note a tour of the Victorian Terrace is only available for the Watford venue. Other venues will include a video tour of the Victorian Terrace.)
- Why BRE? View the BRE Training video
Britain has the oldest housing stock in the developed world with 8.5 million properties over 60 years old!
Housing energy use is responsible for 27% of the UK's CO2 emissions. Our current rate of building new energy efficient homes is low compared to the size of the existing stock, which means that approximately 70% of our current inefficient housing will still be in use in 2050. If we are to meet the Government target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and avoid fuel poverty for many people we will need to significantly improve the energy efficiency of our existing housing stock by radical, large scale sustainable refurbishment.
Sustainable refurbishment of housing is not easy. Nearly half the UK's housing is ‘hard to treat', e.g. it has solid walls and/or no loft space. It is often difficult to know what to do to achieve the best outcome; especially if you have limited funds.
BRE can help. Our targeted and practical training courses have been developed by experts through our Rethinking Refurbishment initiative. BRE plays a pivotal role in many refurbishment schemes around the country, including our own innovative ‘Victorian Terrace' project at BRE Watford. Our expert trainers will impart our knowledge and experience to help you plan and execute successful and sustainable housing refurbishment.
- Drivers for change
- Timeline of key targets for carbon reduction
- Recognising where energy is lost from housing
- Hard to treat houses and the challenges
- Innovative materials
- Best practice methods
- Sequential working practices
- Choice of heating methods, delivery and controls
- Renewables technologies
- Tailoring solutions to different house types
- Costs and cost-effectiveness of interventions
- Other opportunities to improve sustainability
- Case study examples
At the end of the course there will be a tour of the BRE Victorian Terrace which will provide a unique opportunity to hear about and see an innovative and exemplary refurbishment project. (Please note a tour of the Victorian Terrace is only available for the Watford venue. Other venues will include a video tour of the Victorian Terrace.)
Cost: £275 + VAT
This course is aimed at designers, construction professionals and local authority & social housing landlords.
Attendance of the event will count as 6 hours towards Continuing Professional Development.
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