Retrofit Fundamentals for Construction Professionals

Retrofit Fundamentals for Construction Professionals

Actions and Detail Panel

From £183.85

Date and time


Boiler House

9 Wilcock Street

Moss Side

M16 7DA

United Kingdom

View map

Refund policy

Contact the organiser to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Get ahead of the curve and up-skill your business with this unique retrofit training course for construction professionals.

About this event

There is huge demand from householders wanting to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

Large companies have to date taken the lion's share of energy efficiency work in large social housing projects, but the majority of the UK’s homes are privately owned. Homeowners will need to carry out extensive eco-renovation works as a part of general improvements and extensions in the coming years.

We know demand is there, but we don’t have enough people to do the work! These homes need your skills and expertise.

This course gives you a starting point for getting into retrofit, the future of the building industry. Run by experienced retrofit contractors and People Powered Retrofit experts, this two-day course will help you to:

  • understand the fundamental principles of eco-retrofit works,
  • build on your existing construction knowledge and skills,
  • get up to date with the latest green building techniques, products, and regulations,
  • find new business opportunities in retrofit.
Retrofit Fundamentals for Construction Professionals image

What you'll learn:

Retrofit drivers and approaches

  • Factors driving demand for domestic retrofit work
  • How eco-retrofit approaches can be applied to different house types
  • Importance of base-line energy assessments and the whole-house plan
  • Challenges and benefits of ‘incremental’ retrofit

Air-tightness and ventilation

  • How to identify common air-tightness weaknesses
  • Air-tightness scores and methods for testing air-tightness
  • Common air-tightness products and methods
  • Importance of effective, planned ventilation

Fabric heat-loss and insulation

  • Statutory requirements for walls, roofs, floors, windows and doors
  • Advantages and disadvantages of common insulation methods and materials for walls, roofs, floors, windows and doors
  • Differences between ‘vapour-permeable’ and ‘vapour-control’ methods of insulation
  • Mitigating common practical and detailing problems
  • Effective installation methods for walls, roofs, floors, windows and doors

Thermal bridging and thermal by-pass

  • Principles of thermal bridging and thermal bypass
  • 'Lambda’ (k), Resistance (R) and U values
  • Using U values as a tool for assessing building performance
Retrofit Fundamentals for Construction Professionals image

Who is it for?

This course is for construction professionals. We encourage attendance from joiners, general builders, and site managers at small firms who work on any building projects of which Part L applies.

This course is also useful for:

  • For people overseeing building works on site: a first step into specialist eco-renovation/retrofit techniques and considerations to meet new customer requirements from an experienced tutor with on site contracting experience
  • For business managers: what you need to know if you’re considering entry into this specialist area, with fast growing demand and a limited supply chain. Find out what skills you’ll need in your business with this simple to access, online course.
  • For building designers and architects: find out more about building fabric works and construction approaches that will be needed on many homes before thinking about building technology.
  • For retrofit consultants: this course gives Retrofit Co-ordinators and Advisors an understanding of how theory translates into the practical reality of a building site.
  • For enthusiastic DIY-ers: Learn about eco building considerations and techniques, find out what you’re capable of, and become an informed client to any contractors you might need to help you.
  • For community intermediaries: build a supply chain for retrofit in your area; if you have existing supply chain links this course will help them get ready for work; a simple, replicable course to get people interested; useful for enthusiastic DIYers in your networks/membership

(If you have attended Carbon Coop's Eco-Renovation for Builders course in the past, please note that this course covers the same content)

Dates and times

This is a two-day course. You must attended both days in order to receive a certificate of attendance.

  • Day 1: Friday November 11, 10:00-16:30
  • Day 2: Saturday November 12, 10:00-16:30


The Boiler House is located just south of Hulme High Street and Moss Side Leisure Centre and north of Alexandra Park. The nearest bus stop on Alexandra Road is serviced by bus numbers 85, 85A and 743, coming from the City Centre (Piccadilly Gardens) or Chorlton. Buses 101, 102, 103 and 720 from the South (Airport, Wythenshawe) or the City Centre (Piccadilly Gardens) stop at Princess Road. It’s a short walk from both stops. Parking on the streets around the building is free and there are bike stands on site.

The workshops at the Boiler House are on the ground floor, step-free and wheelchair accessible. The rooms will have space heaters but can get cold: please wear warm clothing and sensible footwear. Parking on site allows for barrier free access, if needed. There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor.

You will need to bring your own lunch, but you will have access to a kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities and a microwave.

If you have any access requirements that you would like to discuss before booking, please get in touch with us through our Eventbrite profile or at

Fees and booking

  • Single ticket - £195 (plus Eventbrite fees)
  • Group ticket - £170 per ticket (plus Eventbrite fees)

Please note that Eventbrite's fees are non-refundable. To find out more about our cancellation and refund policy, please visit our website:

For more information and/or if the course cost is a barrier for you, please get in touch with us through our Eventbrite profile or at

Retrofit Fundamentals for Construction Professionals image

Want to know more?

Hear from our contractors, staff, and householders about the demand for retrofit and how training can help.

Share with friends