Passivhaus Affiliate

Planning and Delivering Retrofit works for householders

Date: 24 June 2015 Time: 17.30 - 21.30
Location: Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M27 5FJ Cost: FREE

Planning on an eco-home make over to reduce energy bills and do your bit for the environment? Confused about what to prioritise, which professionals to appoint and how to approach contractors?

As part of a highly popular 'Routes to Retrofit' programme, Carbon Co-op are hosting two seminars at Salford City Council's offices, run by industry professionals on the practicalities of commissioning eco-retrofit works.

The events are aimed at:

  • any householders planning an eco-refurbishment or retrofit project who already know the kinds of measures their home requires and are seeking to take forward works. 
  • Carbon Co-op members who have had a whole house assessment and want to implement some of the recommended measures.


  • 7.00pm-9.30pm, Wednesday 24th June 2015 - Seminar 1
  • 7.00pm-9.30pm, Wednesday 1st July 2015 - Seminar 2


Seminar Objectives

The two seminars will cover:

  • Considering objectives, priorities and getting the best result.

  • Looking at options for works and funding

  • Balancing time, cost and quality

  • Local Authority approvals, consents etc

  • What ‘professionals’ are needed and selecting and appointment

  • Selecting and appointing builders (including contracts)

  • Examining common issues and avoiding them

  • Getting the most for the resources available

  • Exchanging ideas and energy with like-minded people – & sharing the pain!


Seminar 2 - Weds 24th Jun 2015

Deciding scope of works

  • Single property or club together?
  • Full Monty – everything including decorations
  • Structural and technical – you do the rest
  • Sequential approach
  • Mostly DIY

Funding Options

  • Cash,
  • Mortgage,
  • Green Deal, ECO,
  • FiTs, RHI

Time Cost and Quality

  • getting the balance,
  • managing the risks (inc QA)

Planning and Building Regulations

  • when they are needed



Seminar 2 - Weds 1st July 2015

Appointing Professionals

  • Getting advice,
  • forms of agreement,
  • co-ordination,
  • quality control,
  • expectations

Choosing and appointing a contractor

  • appropriate for job,
  • culture and communication,
  • tender,
  • use framework or negotiate,
  • aftercare


  • ‘traditional’ vs ‘contractor design’,
  • dealing with ‘unforeseen extras’ and defects,
  • warranties


Workshop Leads 

Marianne Heaslip, URBED Bill Taylor – MD of Taylor Armitt Consulting
Marianne is a chartered architect with interests in urban design, sustainability and participative design. She joined URBED as an urban designer in 2002 during a second year out from university. After working for PTEa in Liverpool on a number of social housing and public projects, she returned to the URBED office in September 2009. She holds an MSc in Advanced Environment and Energy Studies from the Centre for Alternative Technology, and is a Certified Passive House Designer.
Bill is the MD of Taylor Armitt Consulting and has been working in affordable housing for over 30 years. With qualifications in Town & Country Planning and Housing Policy, he has held development and asset management roles to Director level in several housing associations, where he developed an interest in co-operative housing and social enterprise. He formed his own consultancy in 2009. Bill focuses on enabling energy efficient improvement of housing, advising companies on business strategy and tendering, issues around Corporate and Social Responsibility, and adding and demonstrating Social Value.



Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M27 5FJ (Directions)



 Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended (though not essential). 

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