Coming later this year. Cutting edge, advanced retrofit training. The course is being developed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the PAS2035 process and our AECB Retrofit Standard, enabling graduates to easily work with and achieve these requirements. Become an accredited Retrofit Coordinator and help effect deep and lasting change in the building design and construction industry, as we work together to achieve a net zero carbon future.
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The Retrofit Coordinator Diploma will be a new course which follows on from our existing CarbonLite Retrofit course into greater depth and technical detail and is developed to work alongside/compliment the PAS2035 framework and our AECB Retrofit Standard. The primary aim of this course is to provide students with the necessary working knowledge of the PAS2035 process and the Retrofit Coordinator’s role within it.
This training will allow for one to become an accredited PAS2035 compliant Retrofit Coordinator.
The course is aimed at those already proficient in deep retrofit and managing retrofit projects. Students will need to be familiar with domestic construction techniques, able to read and understand construction drawings and specifications and be familiar with the Building Regulations and with construction health and safety regulations and practice.
As such, there will be an application process and successful applicants need to meet at least one of the following prerequisites, as well as holding the above mentioned knowledge and experience:
- Hold a professional qualification in a building-related subject (such as architecture, surveying, engineering or construction management), or a subject related to the management or supervision of construction and domestic construction projects.
- Hold a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 3 or above in a subject related to the management or supervision of construction and domestic construction projects, along with experience of working in the building design/construction industry.
- Have completed our CarbonLite Retrofit (CLR) course previously, and also be working in the building design/construction industry.
In order to undertake one of our courses you will need to become an AECB member. If you are not already a member you will be able to join as part of the course enrolment process, if your application is successful.
If you don't currently want to become a qualified Retrofit Coordinator why not take our CarbonLite Retrofit course to learn how to develop your understanding of heat, ventilation and moisture in existing buildings, awareness of the issues that can arise from repair and gain knowledge in how to reduce the performance gap.
PAS2035 is the core document in a framework of new and existing standards of how to manage the process of effective energy retrofits of existing buildings.
It is a quality mark that has subsequently been established as the TrustMark government-endorsed quality scheme (www.trustmark.org.uk).
Published in 2019 by the British Standards Institution (BSI), it is due for updating in 2021. The current Technical Author for the 2021 update of the PAS2035 document is Dr Sarah Price. Sarah is also one of the writers of our Retrofit Coordinator course.
Though not a ‘standard’, this comprehensive specification is expected to radically change the way UK homes are improved and made more energy efficient (‘retrofitted’). It applies to homes of all ages and types including ‘traditional’ and listed buildings.
PAS2035 specifies that the Retrofit Coordinator role is to manage each retrofit project and advise the other roles and trades involved in a project. As of late 2021 this role will be required to oversee all retrofit projects that take place.
If you scroll down this page, you can watch a discussion about the importance of PAS2035.
The content is currently in development and we feel that our Retrofit Coordinator course will be more attune in terms of deep low energy retrofit, carbon costing and using PHPP/ PHribbon, than some other offerings currently out there or in the pipeline.
The proposed modules will follow the order of the PAS2035 stages, and you will need to read the course in conjunction with PAS2035. As such, students will be able to gain access to a discounted copy of the PAS2035 document.
The following modules are currently in development, however, please note that these may change:
- Preliminary Considerations
- Retrofit Risk Assessment
- Dwelling Assessment and relevant technical information
- The Retrofit Design Stage
- Air Tightness and Ventilation
- Improving the building fabric and services
- Improvement Option Evaluation and Medium Term Retrofit Plans
- Working with Installers
- Post-installation stages and relevant technical information
- This Retrofit Coordinator course is proposed to take on average 150 hours of fully online, self-directed learning.
- The training platform will allow you to clearly track your progress, easily dip in and out of your course and to go faster or slower depending on your work and other commitments, with up to a year to complete the course.
- Students will be guided through the the PAS2035 process in order to gain a good working knowledge of it. As such the learning platform guides you clearly through this - once one lesson or module is completed, the next lesson or module becomes available.
- There will be a variety of assessment types, including multiple choice, numerical calculations and scenario-based exercises. In order to help reinforce learning, a short assessment may follow at the end of each lesson.
- Options to choose your scenario-based exercises based on what type of building/scenario is more applicable to you and the projects you get involved in.
- Download lesson booklets, for access to course content at times when internet connection may not be reliable, and for your own reference.
- Communicate with fellow students to discuss learning or to post questions arising from the material on the dedicated online forum.
- Easily get in touch with student support for dedicated assistance with any questions arising.
- Feedback on each lesson and module, and help inform and improve the course for future students.
AECB CarbonLite Retrofit Course (CLR)
AECB Retrofit Coordinator Course
Graduates of CLR
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Prices may increase next year.
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The course is being developed to work alongside the PAS2035 framework, and will provide individuals with the skills and knowledge required to deliver projects that are compliant with the new PAS2035 and PAS2030 standards.
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OUR TEAM & EXPERT WRITERS
We are a dedicated team with a strong background of providing teaching, guidance and student support in the sustainable retrofit sector, and with an abundance of industry knowledge and experience.
AECB Training Manager
Trish is the AECB's new training manager. Trish will be initially helping the AECB achieve its recognition and alignment with PAS2035 and making the CarbonLite Course "Retrofit Coordinator" ready. With a passion for Sustainable Design and Architecture Trish qualified as an architect back in 1999. She also worked at CAT as a Senior Lecturer.
AECB Training Administrator
Sarah became the Training Admin at the AECB following eight years of providing student support and programme administration for the suite of Postgraduate courses at CAT. Sarah is glad to be helping support students on their journey to becoming movers and shakers in various fields of sustainability and adaptation.
Head of School
Andy is the Chief Executive Officer of the AECB. Andy is also an architectural designer and builder and a partner in Simmonds.Mills, a practice which specialises in ecological design. Andy brings together his experience as a low energy building designer with research into moisture and energy issues. Andy’s own house was the first certified (and monitored) domestic EnerPHit refrofit in the UK.
Dr. Sarah Price
Sarah was one of the main writers of our AECB Retrofit Standard. Sarah has experience of working on a wide variety of projects related to energy in the built environment from concept through to commissioning. Sarah is also the current Technical Author for the updated PAS2035 document due out later this year.
Tutor & Course Writer
Eric is an architect and long-term AECB member whose career has focused solely on practicing energy saving design. He has been a regular trainer on the AECB’s CarbonLite Passivhaus Designer course and is keen to assist self-builders, other building practicioners and professionsals in desiging and building to high standards of energy saving and comfort.
Tutor & Course Writer
Tim is an expert in PHPP energy calculations for new build and retrofit projects, Embodied CO2 calculations, PAS2035 calculations, software and moisture issues. He’s the author of the AECB PHribbon software, used with PHPP, and a standalone Embodied CO2 calculator. This is backed up with considerable expertise in Excel, macro/Visual Basic programming and calculations.
Bill jointly set up Green Building Store in 1995 and amongst other duties runs the construction and consultancy sections of the business advising on numerous low energy and PH projects. Bill is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a Certified Passive House Tradesperson. He also serves on the Technical Panel of the Passivhaus Trust, teaches on the Construction module of the CarbonLite CEPH Designer course and is a tutor on the CarbonLite Retrofit course.
Dr. Tina Holt trained as an earth scientist with particular focus on the causes and impacts of climate change. She has worked in education, IT and editing technical information for a broader audience. In 2011-12 she retrofitted her own home close to the EnerPHit standard and consults on domestic energy efficiency. Tina worked for the AECB as the lead tutor for the CarbonLite Retrofit course before moving on to CAFS.
As an architect with over 20 years experience in the building industry, Mark works at the forefront of building design. If you need to develop better building technologies, improved techniques or new cost effective strategies that consider hygrothermal performance, comfort, health or well-being then Mark’s no-nonsense EROS framework will help you develop well considered, effective, scale-able solutions that avoid performance gaps. Mark has experience with retrofits, Passivhaus developments as well as housing, laboratories and listed buildings.
Harry is an architect with a passion for beautifully crafted buildings that deliver robust building performance. He is a certified passivhaus designer with experience in new-build and deep retrofit of historic and modern buildings. Harry was named RIBA London Project Architect of the year 2018 and is a co-director of the RIBA Chartered Practice Arboreal Architecture and co-founder of the 15-40 low energy architecture collective. He is currently a member of the STBA (Sustainable Traditional Buildings Association) Panel of Experts and co-chair of the Technical Working Group on retrofit for the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings.
“Around 90% of buildings standing today will still be in use in 2050. Responsible retrofit is essential to ensure these buildings are fit for purpose and are compatible with our future energy systems. We need to start now!”
Member of the technical team supporting the governments of England (MHCLG) and Wales developing revisions to their respective Building Regulations. Technical lead for the review of Part F (ventilation) and for the building fabric specifications for Part L (conservation of fuel and power), including airtightness standards. Co-chair of the technical working group for ventilation and indoor air quality at the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings. Member of the Retrofit Standards Task Group.
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