Dates for the Diary: retrofit courses & e-Learning in 2017

The Academy has a lot to talk about as we get into the full flow of 2017. We are running four full public Diplomas in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management through out the year, and we are also working with the AECB to integrate the Diploma with the Advanced level e-learning course: CarbonLite Retrofit. Our own taught advanced courses are also taking place in London and Manchester, starting in May 2017.

Read below for news about whet we’re up to, and how you can get involved.

Academy News

  • The Academy is delighted to have awarded full Retrofit Coordinator scholarships to Alice Leung and Marie Jones for our upcoming London courses. Several half scholarships were also awarded.
  • Congratulations to our 13 new Retrofit Coordinator graduates last autumn – see theRetrofit Coordinator Register for full details of our graduates.
  • A new Retrofit Coordinator Scholarship is open for our Spring programme in London. To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would be a deserving recipient to Scholarships are awarded to those unable to cover the course fees themselves, and who demonstrate a commitment to and passion for delivering better retrofit projects.
  • The deadline for abstract submissions to The International Refurbishment Symposium has been extended until midnight on Friday 17th February 2017. Abstracts are welcome from industry and academia.

London Retrofit Coordinator Public Course Dates

The Academy has four programmes scheduled for 2017. The first, due to start in February, is already sold out, so be sure to get your bookings in early for the Spring programme

New e-learning Gateway to Become an Advanced Retrofit Coordinator

We are now collaborating with the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) to align their excellent  advanced level retrofit e-learning programme ‘CarbonLite Retrofit (CLR)’, and our intermediate level Retrofit Coordinator Diploma.

The 130-hour CLR course now offers existing Retrofit Coordinators a gateway  to become an ‘Advanced Retrofit Coordinator’.

The next CLR programme starts on Monday 24th April. Learning can be completed in your own time, with scheduled contact hours via an online webinar. The course provides an opportunity for construction professionals to undertake advanced level retrofit e-learning from the comfort of their own environment.
To find our more, or book your place on the course, visit
or contact us on email.

The Academy will be providing in house courses for companies and organisations at competitive rates. We are already working with a number of leading housing associations, architects, contractors and systems designers to develop their organisational understanding of retrofit best practice.  If you would be interested in bringing expert retrofit training to your workplace, simply give the team a call or drop us an email.

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Retrofit Coordinator PLUS Dates

The flyer below includes all of the dates and venues.
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Send us an email or call us on 01785 711574 to find out more.

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Retrofit Pattern Book Launched

A Greater Manchester network of organisations is launching an innovative online ‘Pattern Book’ tool to help piece together best practice solutions for retrofitting buildings.

With the large array of construction technologies and methods in the retrofit sector, piecing together the most effective solutions for an equally diverse range of building types can often prove difficult.

To address this issue, the Greater Manchester Retrofit Innovation Network – a collaboration between local business, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the University of Salford – ran a number of events during 2014 as part of Greater Manchester’s Green Deal Communities programme.

The events brought together experts in community engagement, retrofit design and supply chain development to support both top-down and bottom-up approaches to housing retrofit.

Pattern Book

As a result, Manchester-based company, Red Co-operative Ltd, has now launched a new online tool to share best practice.

Pattern Book aims to share and expand on the knowledge and experience from all parts of the supply chain to promote improvements in industry performance, reduce errors, and accelerate innovation and efficiency enhancements.

Users will be able to comment online and share the depth of knowledge they have for approaching the array of situations that arise in the retrofit sector. They will also be able to look up specific measures or techniques for different aspects of a project – such as dealing with cold bridging at eaves where external wall insulation has been installed – or research multiple measures and save them to create whole retrofit projects for particular buildings.

Call for involvement

The creators of Pattern Book are now in the process of developing the interactive functionality that will allow users to upload, share and comment on the techniques and measures used in the industry and are calling for companies in the retrofit supply chain to take part.

To find out more, visit the Pattern Book website or contact

For more opportunities relevant to Greater Manchester’s low carbon sector, join the Low Carbon Network.