Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Evaluation

It’s Not Just Retrofit. Making older buildings energy efficient

9 May 2017

Older buildings are at risk from attempts to make them energy efficient. Everyone in the property and construction industry needs to understand that the one size fits all approach is not the answer for millions of older buildings – that are treated as if they were modern. At this event, introduced and chaired by Professor John Edwards, Guest Editor of IHBC’s Context special edition on Green Retrofit we will explore:

  • Fundamental differences between new and older buildings
  • Comparing and contrasting energy efficiency assessment methods
  • Making existing fabric more energy efficient – without retrofit
  • A combined process of retrofit and other energy efficiency works – finding optimum solutions
  • Role of Building Regulations
  • Role of British and European Standards
  • Guidance and Tools – good and bad
  • Why dampness is one of the most important issues to understand
  • Competencies required from individuals
  • Quality Management on site

Find out more here…


Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Traditional Building Retrofit

25 May 2017

Retrofitting older buildings to improve their insulation and airtightness can significantly change internal conditions. Without a robust ventilation strategy, this can create moisture and pollutant problems that can be detrimental to the health of both occupants and building fabric.

In this half-day masterclass, expert trainer Ian Mawditt will take delegates through the technical principles and practice of ventilation and airtightness, illustrating key lessons and solutions through case studies, real-world monitoring and practical exercises.

Find out more at Ventilation Masterclass with Ian Mawditt, 25th May, Leeds
Book via Debbie at

Brick Architecture CPD Event Update

6 June 2017

The itinerary for this year’s Manchester CPD event has been confirmed. Hosted in the Museum of Science & Industry, on Tuesday 6th June, this one-day event offers an exciting lineup of industry experts, which includes:

Michael Brown, Managing Director of Northcot Brick, which supplied the bricks to RIBA Award winning Newport Street Gallery. Michael will talk delegates through the ways in which the bespoke brickmaking process can be used to achieve distinct aesthetic and technical qualities.

Alexis (Lex) Harrison, designer and Associate of global engineering consultancy ARUP. A specialist in designing challenging facades in brickwork, Lex will speak on the subject of  designing for movement in brickwork, which will cover important technical and aesthetic considerations including developments in specification and application, as well as exemplar modern projects.

Tim Multon of CPI Euromix will present on the importance of choosing the correct types of mortar. In addition to strength, colour, standards and the relationship between mortar and brick, Tim will use examples of architectural mistakes to highlight the importance of correct specification.

Stephanie Palmer, Sustainability Manager of Wienerberger UK  will talk delegates through clay brick’s role in the circular economy, highlight the understated credentials of clay brick as a sustainable construction material, and the progress of the sector in working collaboratively to continually improve operations.

Paul Surin, Head of Built Environment for Wienerberger AG will present on BIM. In addition to the what and how of BIM technology, Paul will demonstrate the advantages of using BIM when designing with clay brick, both commercially and for the end user.

full itinerary is available below. To take advantage of our early-bird offer of 10% off, buy your tickets here today:


Metal Roofs: New direction for Newhailes

28 April 2017
Musselburgh, East Lothian

Event organised by the IHBC Scotland Branch

Talks on roofing material including lead and zinc used on historic buildings. Demonstration of good practice in lead jointing, shaping lead on to awkward roofs, slate trimming and laying with opportunities to be “hands on” for the braver members of the audience. Then walk or drive the short distance to Newhailes. Re-assemble in stable courtyard / café. Picnic lunch -either bring own or coffees and soups/ snacks etc purchasable at café. Shelter available if inclement.

Presentation of new approach to be taken by the National Trust for Scotland, demonstrated at Newhailes just before it closes for refurbishment.

Short tour of the grounds, then entry to Newhailes House for exclusive tour of the house. First come first served.

£20 – IHBC Members/Affiliates/Associates and potential members
£10 extra, or bring your NTS membership card if you have one, to access the house tour.
Pay on the day, or ask for invoice when you book a place with Delivers 6 hours CPD. Certificates on request. Further information here…

Clayfest! Earth Building UK & Ireland

12 – 13 June 2017

The renaissance of earth building in the UK reflects not only the beauty and utility of the material but also the pressures of rising building costs and the need for lower energy use and waste in building productions.

This Earth Building UK & Ireland, EBUKIS’s third Clayfest as a way of sharing specialist knowledge ad supporting the growing earth building community. This year we are excited to bring 4 days of expert-led workshops to Lincoln Heritage Skills Centre, based within the grounds of the fabulous Lincoln Castle. These will be supplemented by tours of the best local earth buildings in Lincoln and followed by a conference in the University of Lincoln on Friday about the emerging science of clay.

Further information about the event and the several workshops here…