The CIOB 2-day Understanding Building Conservation course will take place in Ireland for the first-time next month in Dublin on the 20th and 21st February. It is set against international criteria and focuses on the ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Sites) Education and Training Guidelines as the essential ingredients for understanding building conservation, but with the added addition of energy conservation and sustainability. This also includes examples of how ICOMOS international charters can be used in practice. It uses BS 7913: 2013: Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings as a frame-work to describe the implementation of the principles and practices of building conservation.

The course was developed by Edwards Hart Director Professor John Edwards for the CIOB Academy and includes many of his case studies and research including examples of work in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, England and Wales. The course can also be a gateway into the newly launched CIOB Building Conservation Certification scheme, which is the only scheme of its kind that is also open to individuals that work for building contractors. According to Professor Edwards: “We have seen a huge range of individuals attend this course from those that work for the likes of the National Trust and Historic Environment Scotland to architects who want to increase their knowledge and site managers of mainstream and specialist building contractors”. Professor Edwards added: “I am really looking forward to delivering this course in Dublin and hopefully see this as a contribution to improving the way we deal with all traditional buildings and not just the protected ones”.

For more information on the course contact the CIOB Academy and there is also free access to the recorded webinar that introduces building conservation and the CIOB certification scheme.