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Retrofitting for Flood Resilience and Energy Efficiency LEVEL 4 CPD COURSE

Cumbria Action for Sustainability

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (BST)

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Outside Cumbria Standby Ticket Oct 17, 2016 Free  

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This full-day course is for professionals and well-informed homeowners who are retrofitting properties for flood resilience and energy efficiency, or for representatives from community groups supporting those who've been affected by flooding.

This Level 4, CPD-certified course will help you determine the best approach for retrofitting any given building, taking into account the nature of its construction and an understanding of how water from flooding and extreme rainfall affects buildings.

The course will explore:

  • the options available for flood and extreme weather resilience and energy efficiency retrofitting
  • the suitability of options for different types of buildings
  • how the options fit with current building regulations
  • meeting the requirements of insurers

The day includes a site visit to a property in Kendal that has previously been flooded.

This is the sixth in our series of courses on Retrofitting Buildings for Energy Efficiency, but it is a standalone course and you don't have to have attended any of the others to benefit from this one.  

Cumbria Action for Sustainability has developed this course in response to requests for guidance from householders and contractors about flood resilience and energy efficiency. There is often conflicting advice, particularly where traditional buildings are concerned. To address this and to support community rebuilding, we're working in partnership with Cumbria CVS on a project called Rebuilding Together, funded by Cumbria Community Foundation.

As well as offering this course, we're developing a fact-sheet on sustainable flood refurbishment – retrofitting properties for flood resilience and energy efficiency, with a focus on traditional properties. We will also be holding advice sessions for householders in towns around Cumbria that have been affected by flooding.

Is this course for me?

The course is best suited to property/asset managers and building professionals such as contractors and architects. You may also benefit from this course if you are a householder with enhanced knowledge about construction methods, or if you are from a community group advising householders affected by flooding.



Thanks to funding from Cumbria Community Foundation, we are able to offer this Level 4 CPD-certified course at no cost to:

  • anyone living in a flood-risk area in Cumbria
  • professionals whose work relates to flood resilience or retrofitting in those areas
  • community groups supporting those affected by flooding in Cumbria 

You will not be charged for a place on this course provided you attend the course or cancel no later than 24 hours before the start of the course (that is, by 9.30am on 17 October 2016).

If you don't attend or cancel within 24 hours, you will be liable to pay a £50 course fee. By booking a place on this course, you are agreeing to this condition of booking.

Other delegates

We may be able to offer some paid places on this course to delegates from outside Cumbria, if capacity allows. The course fee will be £115.

If you would be interested, please register for an Outside Cumbria Standby Ticket and we will be in touch with you shortly to let you know whether there are places available. It's free to register your interest, and it doesn't commit you to making a confirmed booking later. 


How to cancel a booking

There are three easy ways to cancel your booking, should you need to, which means we can offer your place to someone else:

  • Cancel online via Eventbrite (if you have booked by Eventbrite/CAfS website)
  • Email
  • Call 01768 210276



Your course presenter is James Innerdale, supported by guest speaker Neil Brooks, who will share his expertise on building control.

James Innerdale
James is an architect at Crosby Granger Architects, specialising 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. His 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. He provides training for homeowners, professionals and contractors.

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

Neil Brooks  
Neil Brooks is a building inspector and Cumbria's Regional Manager for Approved Inspectors Ltd, providing an alternative to local authority building control. Based in Kendal, Neil has an in depth understanding of the Building Control Requirements on repairs and renovation of flood damaged properties, put into practice at many flooded properties in the areaFormerly a carpenter/joiner with the National Trust, Neil is a fellow of SPABs William Morris Craft Fellowship.


Directions & Parking

Kendal is well served by public transport, including bus and train services. The college is located within reasonable walking distance of the main Kendal train station.

Reserved parking will be available at the college for participants (£3 a day).

Why not try lift-sharing? Visit to list your journey to this event and see if you could share with others. (It’s great for all your other journeys, too!)


Organised by:        Funded by:            Supported by: 

Cumbria Action for SustainabilityCumbria Community FoundationSouth Lakeland District CouncilKendal College

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Have questions about Retrofitting for Flood Resilience and Energy Efficiency LEVEL 4 CPD COURSE? Contact Cumbria Action for Sustainability

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Kendal College
Milnthorpe Road
LA9 5AY Kendal
United Kingdom

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (BST)

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