Transform buildings into cosy, low impact, energy efficient homes.
Refurbishing our homes to make them more energy efficient is one of the key aspects of effective action on climate change. Learn what key improvements you can make on this practical, hands-on course led by one of the UK’s leading experts in eco refurbishment.
• Duration: four days
• Upcoming dates: please see booking section below for all available dates
• Start and finish times: starts at 9:30am and ends at 4pm on the last day
• Fees: waged £500; low waged / concessions £450
• Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation (single accommodation is available for an additional £60)
• What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required.
What you will learn
Find out how to make critical improvements to your home to make it more comfortable, cheaper to run and better for the environment.
Through a practical hands-on week you’ll learn all about energy efficiency, renewable energy, water re-use and conservation, healthy buildings and hazardous building materials.
The course is ideal for builders, architects and anyone who wishes to undertake their own refurbishment of an existing building with minimal environmental impact.
Topics covered include:
- Solid wall insulation.
- Insulating materials, from the commonly available to the cutting edge, including the practical issues and compromises associated with each.
- U-values of materials and understanding the heat loss of buildings.
- Renewable energy options and sustainable water systems taught through specialist tours of the systems in use at CAT.
- Practical sessions from roof insulation to water conservation and compost toilets.
Consultation and advice on your own eco-refurbishment project.
- If you’re looking to turn your building into an energy-efficient, low impact home or office space, this course will help you understand where to start and give you the skills and knowledge to choose the best methods and materials to suit your needs.
Meet your tutor
Your main tutor is Nick Parsons.
Nick has worked for over 25 years in energy-efficient and sustainable building and renewable energy.
Nick carries out home energy surveys to assess potential energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy installations, and provides consultancy and project management services to individuals, small businesses and community organisations including, among others, village hall committees, faith groups and hikers’ hostels.
He previously ran a community-sector project in Sheffield, promoting and demonstrating all aspects of sustainable building, based in an eco-refurbished terraced house.
What do people say about this course?
“Presented with gusto, tons of information, a great mix of practical and theory. The facilities were great, a good learning environment, everything just flows out, you feel very relaxed and comfortable.”
“The ability to convey particularly complicated theory was excellent, and the tutors patient. I’ve been in the business for quite some time and found the course content excellent.”
“I enjoyed the practical exercises and the whole experience of staying on site. Nick’s enthusiasm and energy were limitless.”