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Energy Efficiency Measures

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NOCN (Level 3) Energy Efficiency Measures in Older & Traditional Buildings

fully-funded* or £450 (plus VAT) per person for a 3-day course

Venue: Green Skills Academy, 373 Trafford Park Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1AN
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Tuesdays & Thursdays (10am - 5pm)

(9.30am arrival/networking for a prompt start at 10am)

dates to be announced soon - please register your interest below:

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There are 6.5 million traditional (pre-1919) buildings in England, Scotland and Wales, which is approximately 20-30 per cent of all buildings in Great Britain.

This is the perfect course to lean how to retrofit a huge number of homes and is a qualification that will lead to becoming a Retrofit Assessor, Designer or Evaluator (

In our presentation we'll cover the following topics:

why retrofit

  • a changing world

  • why we need to retrofit our homes

  • what is a sustainable home…?

  • older & traditional buildings

the importance of “fabric first”


  • embodied carbon - natural & recycled materials 

  • fabric first: insulation, airtightness & moisture control

  • energy, heating & cooling

  • other “active” systems


the next steps & developing a plan

  • standards & requirements

  • assess, evaluate & plan

  • further help & resources

  • Level 3 tests

There will be 3 x 20 minute multiple choice tests on the final day for the Level 3 Qualification. 

who is this for...?

  1. designers & consultants (such as architects, surveyors, engineers and project managers) who are keen to find out more about the huge opportunities in low-carbon domestic retrofit

  2. builders & installers who are starting to recognise that we need to offer new specialist services for low-energy home improvement

  3. teachers in schools, colleges and universities who would like to keep up-to-date with modern materials and practices and can encourage the next generation to enter this incredibly exciting and fast-growing industry 

  4. manufacturers & suppliers who are keen to learn how to support this huge growth sector

  5. young people & students who would like to discover how exciting a career in modern construction can be...!

* fully funded places..

To be eligible for the course to be fully-funded, the learner must be age 19+, live in a Greater Manchester postcode and earn less than £31,200 (before tax) per annum. There is some additional criteria based on existing qualifications but this will be checked upon registering.

the tutor...

Ric Frankland is an Architect that has hands-on practical experience in building sustainable homes. He has taught construction-based design and technology subjects at universities for more than 15 years and currently teaches retrofit at The Manchester Growth Company's Green Skills Academy.

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other details

We've limited the number of places at the venue to 15 to keep the workshops relaxed and personal.

For any queries regarding the workshops, please either email or call: / 0161 225 4000

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