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AECB CarbonLite Advanced Retrofit Training

Date: 28 October 2016 Time: Over a number of weeks
Location: Online Cost: Members £410+VAT, Non members £446.00+VAT

Carbonlite logoDelivered by a number of Passivhaus experts, this cutting edge UK advanced retrofit training course is the culmination of five years of investment by the AECB:

Course Objectives

  • Develop your understanding of heat and moisture in buildings.

  • Understand the issues that can arise from the repair, insulation, draught proofing and ventilation of existing UK buildings.

  • Learn about ways to avoid or manage unintended consequences.

  • Find out about investment appraisal methods for retrofit.


Who is this course for?

The CarbonLite Retrofit Training Course is an online course, aimed at UK construction professionals and those whose role involves decision making around retrofit.  The course brings together a wealth of knowledge on low energy building retrofit  and methodology. To get the most out of taking the full course you will already have good professional knowledge within the construction sector.  You will have a serious interest in how to do advanced energy efficient retrofit and be wanting to deepen your understanding of building physics and the risks associated with measures, to enable you to make informed decisions.

Homeowners with a desire to drive their own retrofit projects will also find this course useful. While only the more technically minded will be interested in all the detail, there is much useful knowledge even for those who are less technical.


Course Approach

  • Read and follow modules at your leisure, to fit around work and other commitments
  • There is an online test at the end of most lessons to check your learning
  • Communicate with fellow students and the module tutor to discuss learning or to post questions arising from the material on the dedicated on-line forum.
  • For each of the core modules there will be a homework task using a live project or your own house.  This will be reviewed via an on-line tutorial involving contributions from both tutors and students using the homework as case studies.
  • Currently being finalised – the right to self-certify projects under the CarbonLite Retrofit Self-Certification system

Course Content

  • The direct and indirect benefits of robust retrofit
  • Climate zones, local micro-climates and impact of changing weather patterns
  • Understanding existing building structures and materials
  • Energy and buildings
  • Moisture and buildings
  • Building services, including ventilation and heat
  • Financial appraisal – is retrofit a good investment?
  • Case studies

Course Tutors

Andy Simmonds tutor Bill Butcher tutor Dr Tina Holt tutor Tim Martel tutor
Andy Simmonds Bill Butcher Dr Tina Holt Tim Martel

Course requirements

  • The next course will run from 28th October 2016, and is staged to allow for prior commitments for holidays and work.

  • All material is presented on-line so a reasonable internet connection is required.

  • Links to additional reading

  • The ability to upload pictures and email them

  • Ability to access a web forum with speaker and microphone connections e.g. via Skype or similar.

Download Draft Schedule of Dates

Preview a lesson here




Bookings must be made online before the 24 October 2016.


Further Infomration

AECB Carbonlite Advanced Retrofit Training

Frequently asked questions

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