Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Evaluation

Conservation of Historic Concrete

12 – 15 June 2017
West Dean College

This course is intended for architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors and conservators working with architecturally or historically significant structural or decorative concrete.

It has been prepared in response to the increasing number of concrete buildings, both pre-cast and in-situ structures, which are now recognised as historically significant and are being listed.

The course discusses how to develop and implement a conservation and repair strategy for concrete buildings and includes constituent materials and construction processes and consideration of weathering and decay processes. It will consider how to address both design deficiencies and changing performance requirements and will cover testing methods.

Lectures, practical demonstrations and practical exercises will be complemented by films and discussions.

Find out more here.

Canal Heritage and History

24 May 2017

This event seeks to enrich the understanding of our canal heritage and their ongoing restoration and maintenance.
The Canal & River Trust is responsible for the care, restoration and maintenance of 2,663 listed buildings and 50 scheduled monuments over 2000 miles of waterways throughout Britain.
The Dudley Canal Trust was created in 1970 to protect and preserve the tunnels after they were closed by Government in 1962. Local people who were faced with the loss of a unique nationally important site re-opened the tunnel and fought to restore it to working order.

Please refer to this link for further information.

Traditional Craft Skills Day

24 May 2017

Join us for a day of fascinating practical demonstrations – and have a go yourself!

Find out about the specialist conservation skills and repair techniques used to maintain the 350 churches cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust.

Practical demonstrations will focus on the repair techniques and traditional skills required to maintain St Andrew’s Wroxeter and the rest our incredible estate. Skilled craftspeople will be on hand to explain and demonstrate their craft, and to highlight the importance of their particular skill in the on-going maintenance and repair of our historic churches.

The day is open to all who are interested in the practical skills involved in conservation. There will be the opportunity to have a go yourself, so come prepared to get your hands dirty! Subject areas that will be covered include:

  • Stained and leaded glass repair with conservator Elizabeth Hippisley-Cox.
  • Lime cycle, including slaking and application, with Nigel Copsey of Earth Stone & Lime Company and Associates.
  • Historic building conservation with consultant Tim Ratcliffe.
  • Timber framed construction with Simon Harper of the Shropshire Oak Carpentry Company.
  • Church maintenance with Jamie McNamara, Estate Officer at The Churches Conservation Trust.

The skills demonstration day will run from 10.30am until 4.00pm, and you are welcome to stay all day or to drop in between those times. The day is free to attend, but booking is essential. To reserve your place, contact Jessica Robertson on or 0113 244 1689. Tea and coffee will be provided, but we ask that you bring your own packed lunch.

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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

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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
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