Launched last week at the IHBC (Institute for Historic Building Conservation) Annual School in Nottingham, this new guidance is aimed at traditional and historic buildings and to some degree modern listed buildings. It was drafted by Edwards Hart Director Professor John Edwards, one of the UK’s leading experts in the retrofitting of buildings and provides guidance on the approach, the overall process and the essential ingredients. Professor Edwards said: “This promotes a holistic approach as in reality it isn’t just retrofit that will make buildings more energy efficient”. Professor Edwards added: “One thing I must point out is the need for competent participants in this process that must cover technical issues such as properly surveying buildings to ascertain their condition in the first place, but also dealing with heritage values”.
The guidance is free to access on the IHBC website and will be covered in training delivered by Professor Edwards for the CIOB Academy and the Environment Study Centre, which includes the only qualification in the retrofitting of traditional buildings, the SQA Level 3 Award offered via a 2 day course. The latter is recommended within the IHBC guidance for all those involved and also a requirement under the recently published BSI PAS 2035:2019: Retrofitting dwellings for improved energy efficiency – Specification and guidance.