New standards for older buildings – RICS seminar series

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Training will be delivered in England, Scotland and Wales by Edwards Hart Director John Edwards in new standards for inspection, conversion and maintenance of older buildings. This training course was developed by John Edwards for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to upskill surveyors and others in the construction and property industry.  The seminar series… Read more »

BBC on retrofit causing damp

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Cavity wall insulation can cause damp in some circumstances as reported on BBC Radio 4. In the report on the ‘You and Yours’ programme, a property owner found that her house should never have had cavity wall insulation installed. If you have a problem with damp walls our specialist Chartered Surveyors can help you. We… Read more »

Free training in craft skills

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If you are an apprentice or trainee working in mainstream construction in Wales you can apply for a three day course to train in the essential skills for working on existing buildings. It comprises one day in the class room and two days on site.  This initiative aims to bring the skills associated with the… Read more »

Connecting Building Pathology with Energy Efficiency

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Sustainable improvements in energy efficiency can only be obtained through properly understanding the condition of a building, how it is meant to perform and what effects this performance through condition, use and interventions and this is determined thorough a pathological investigation. A film on building pathology with narration by Edwards Hart Director John Edwards describes… Read more »

Free on line guidance tool for retrofit

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The Green Wheel retrofit guidance tool developed to process decision making for energy efficiency retrofit and refurbishment was developed by the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA). It can be used on a tablet or a lap top and takes users through the options available and highlights risks and benefits to accord with the type of… Read more »

Heritage BIM on film

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) for existing buildings is commonly called HBIM (Heritage Building Information Modelling) and in this short film Edwards Hart Director John Edwards describes how this has been developed at Heritage Cottage and also explains what is meant by EBIM. Also see previous news items on BIM and retrofit.

Green Apprentices

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Apprenticeship training could move away from pure new construction to include working on existing buildings, with an emphasis on sustainability and traditional craft skills needed for older buildings.  A CITB Cymru initiative is looking at the feasibility of this major change of emphasis through a pilot project involving three sites in Wales. The NPTC Group… Read more »

Addressing the Retrofit Skill Shortage

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CITB Cymru have initiated a scheme to up skill the Further Education sector in Wales, that will equip the Welsh construction industry with the skills it needs to practice sustainability in all areas of construction. Edwards Hart, working with the NPTC Group has been appointed to develop this project which will better equip industry to… Read more »

New BS for conservation now available at a discount price

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BS7913 can now be brought at a discount price if you are a member of the IHBC, click here for details. Lead authored by Edwards Hart Director John Edwards, this provides the very latest best practice guidance. This British Standard has been reviewed for the IHBC by John Preston: ‘Now, with planning guidance slashed, the new… Read more »