top of page

making homes sustainable

new-builds, extensions, home improvements & retrofits... the key principles in creating low-energy, comfortable & healthy homes...

£65 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 provide a step by step approach on how to create a low-carbon, low-energy, healthy home, whether that’s a new build, a house extension or retrofitting an existing property.

The same principles are also relevant for commercial properties.

In our presentation we'll cover the following topics:

1. what is a sustainable building?

2. simple measures & quick wins

3. fabric first: insulation, airtightness & moisture control

4. embodied carbon - natural & recycled materials

10 minute break

5. energy, heating, cooling & ventilation

6. recognising the risks & case studies

7. ok, what next - further help & resources

who is this for...?


  1. homeowners & (private/social rental) property owners who would like to understand how to build a sustainable house or improve their existing homes making them more energy efficient, comfortable and healthy

  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 house building and retrofit

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

  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.


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

bottom of page