Too busy to attend courses with The Retrofit Academy, but still keen to learn in your own time?

The Retrofit Academy endorses the AECB’s CarbonLite Retrofit (CLR) online training course. As well as being an excellent course, completing CLR courses also counts towards The Retrofit Academy’s CPD requirements to maintain your place on the Retrofit Coordinator Register. Upon completion of the CLR course, graduates are also entitled to be accredited by The Retrofit Academy as an Advanced Retrofit Coordinator.

The CarbonLite Retrofit Training Course concentrates on developing a high level understanding of issues related to heat and moisture in buildings, to help retrofitters avoid and/or manage any unintended consequences arising from the repair, insulation, draught proofing and ventilation of existing UK buildings.

Who is this course for?

The CarbonLite Retrofit Training Course is aimed principally at UK construction professionals and those whose role involves decision making around retrofit.  It brings together a wealth of knowledge on low energy building retrofit  experience and methodology.
To get the most out of taking the full course you will already have good professional knowledge within the construction sector.
You will have a serious interest in how to do advanced energy efficient retrofit and be wanting to deepen your understanding of building physics and the risks associated with measures, to enable you to make informed decisions.

Course Approach

  • Read and follow modules at your leisure, to fit around work and other commitments
  • At the end of each module take an online test to check your learning.
  • Communicate with fellow students and the module tutor to address any queries via an on-line forum
  • For each of the core modules, use your learning to look at a live project or / your own house and review with the student group/tutor.
  • Gain the right to self-certify projects under the CarbonLite Retrofit Self-Certification system (launching Summer 2016).

Course Contentaecb-clr

  • The direct and indirect benefits of robust retrofit
  • Climate zones, local micro-climates and impact of changing weather patterns
  • Understanding existing building structures and materials
  • Energy and buildings
  • Moisture and buildings
  • Building services, including ventilation and heat
  • Financial appraisal – is retrofit a good investment?
  • Case studies

Course Tutors

Andy Simmonds. Andy has been working on this material for the last three years and brings together his experience as a low energy building designer with research into moisture and energy issues. Andy’s own house was the first certified (and monitored) domestic EnerPHit retrofit in the UK.
Eric Parks. Eric is an experienced Passivhaus architect and building physics trainer on the CarbonLite Certified Passivhaus Designer course, he has co-written a number of the sections of this material.
Bill Butcher. Bill is an experienced Passivhaus builder, with years of low energy building retrofit experience. Bill is a trainer on the Construction Module of the Carbonlite Certified Passivhaus Designer course and a Certified Passivhaus Consultant and Tradesperson.
Dr Tina Holt. Tina trained as an earth scientist with particular focus on the causes and impacts of climate change. She has worked in education, IT and editing technical information for a broader audience. In 2011-12 she retrofitted her own home close to the EnerPHit standard and consults on domestic energy efficiency.

Course requirements

  • The next course will run from 9th October 2017, and is staged to allow for prior commitments for holidays and work.
  • All material is presented on-line so a reasonable internet connection is required.
  • Links to additional reading
  • It may be useful to purchase a small hand held infrared digital thermometer (minimum cost about £10)
  • The ability to upload pictures and email them
  • Ability to access a web forum with speaker and microphone connections e.g. via Skype or similar.

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