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retrofitting a home using an airtight membrane

introducing home retrofit

image: Ecological Building Systems

how to make our homes low-energy, comfortable & healthy

£49 per person for a 3-hour workshop

Venue: wudl, 101 North Western Street, Manchester, M12 6JL
(What3Words location: ///work.garage.swaps)

& online using Zoom

Friday afternoons (2pm) & Saturday's (10am)

(1.30pm/9.30am arrival/networking for a prompt start at 2pm/10am)

Giving impartial professional advice, we’ll cover everything from why we need to urgently retrofit over 20 million homes, through to the importance of “fabric first” and to how to create a "whole house plan".

In our presentation we'll cover the following topics:

1. why we need to retrofit our homes

2. single measures & quick wins

3. fabric first: insulation, airtightness & moisture control

4. embodied carbon - natural & recycled materials

10 minute break

5. heating & cooling

6. ventilation

7. assess, evaluate & plan

ok, what next - further help & resources

who is this for...?


  1. homeowners & (private/social rental) property owners who would like to understand how to improve their homes making them more energy efficient, comfortable and healthy - perhaps things to consider before contemplating a new kitchen…

  2. 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

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

  4. 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 

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

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

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.

suspended floor insulation and MVHR
Tado thermostat and IWI

other details

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


The venue is an unheated railway arch, so please wear warm clothes during the autumn/winter months.

Note that the online (Zoom) workshop will be running concurrently with participants at the physical venue and therefore at present we are unable to take questions/discussion from those online.

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

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