Energy Efficiency Retrofit

Online Product
Course Hours
1 day course
‘Retrofit First’ campaign is waging ahead and is becoming a considerable part of the construction industry, but its very different to new construction. This course may help you be part of that and ties into the UK Governments ambitious target of net zero carbon by 2050.
£249.00 + VAT
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Considering the amount of carbon produced by the use of buildings and the meagre one or two percent of new construction contributing to the totality of UK building stock each year, it is how we deal with existing buildings that’s going to be the main contributor to carbon reduction in the built environment. Also, in consideration of the carbon produced in the construction of new buildings, there is a clear move towards retaining existing buildings and retrofitting them for improved energy performance.

Get to understand existing buildings and how to make them energy efficient through this one day course. It provides an introduction to energy performance, working out the means to make improvements, planning and managing retrofit projects along with quality management issues. It will take account of recent developments and research as well as the development of standards, guidance and publicly available specifications (PAS).

This includes  BSI publications such as PAS 2030: Specification for the Installation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Existing Dwellings and Insulation in Residential Park Homes, PAS 2035: Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency Specification for Domestic Building Retrofits and PAS 2038: Retrofitting Non-Domestic Buildings for Improved Energy Efficiency, as well as  revised National Occupational Standards for Construction Site Management Retrofit.

In addition, appropriate reference will also be made to regulatory reform focused on high rise buildings concerning their retrofit. The impact that retrofit will mean to carbon reduction and climate change will also be focused on, along with the opportunities within the retrofit market covering both housing and other building types.

**Multiple dates? when booking, please specify what date you are booking for in the notes section**
Course Times: 10:00AM – 16:00PM GMT

The next available dates are:

16th November 2020 

9th March 2021


At the end of the course you should have an improved understanding of:

  • The relevance of the range of issues that make a contribution to the sustainability and energy efficiency of buildings including their carbon production and reduction (e.g. embodied carbon of materials, recycling attributes, quality management, maintenance and repair, use and management of buildings, thermal values, sources of energy).
  • Building inspection methods and equipment used including assessing use.
  • The range of available retrofit measures, work and actions and making decision on the overall content of a retrofit project.
  • The assessment of energy performance of buildings, limitations of assessment methods and the production of EPC’s.
  • Retrofit principles and practice – design and installation of common energy efficiency measures.
  • Planning and managing a retrofit project including quality management.
  • The drivers for improving energy efficiency and current regulations, standards and guidance and how organisations and individuals can demonstrate their competence in retrofit.
  • The opportunities available for organisations and individuals in retrofit and how to contribute to the ‘green revolution’ along with commercial opportunities.


This course is suitable for anyone in the construction and property industry who requires additional knowledge on the retrofitting of existing buildings. This ranges from those that assess buildings and are responsible for the design of energy efficiency improvements as well as those that plan and manage retrofit projects. It is therefore suitable for clients, consultants, and contractors.


An online classroom with live tutor and interactions.


Presentation material will include work examples and there will be exercises as well as quiz and discussion sessions. All types of buildings will be included from the modern to traditional and historic. The outline of the course:

  • Introduction to the energy efficiency of buildings and achieving this by following guidance and standards – including relationship with climate change.
  • Inspection of buildings including analysis of use.
  • EPC’s – different energy assessments, their development, use and limitations.
  • Developing a range of retrofit proposals – with the use of online tools.
  • Designing and installing retrofit works and measures.
  • Planning and managing retrofit projects.
  • Quality management – processes, ‘inspection and test plans’, and how the ‘golden thread’ is embedded into a retrofit project.
  • Soft landings, audits and post occupancy evaluations


You will take a short multiple choice assessment to test what you have learnt, and will receive a certificate of attainment upon passing.



Professor John Edwards FCIOB is a practitioner and educator with over thirty years’ experience and has been responsible for the refurbishment and retrofit of thousands of buildings ranging from social housing to grade 1 listed buildings and Scheduled Monuments. As an industry expert he is a member of the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group and has contributed to the development of standards and guidance on the energy efficiency of buildings including British and European Standards and PAS 2030, PAS 2035 and PAS 2038 along with National Occupational Standards for Construction Site Management Retrofit. A Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Construction Manager, trained energy assessor and qualified educator and competency assessor. A Director of Edwards Hart Consultants and in his professor on practice role at the University of Wales Trinity St David, he leads on retrofit activities at the Construction Wales Innovation Centre.