Featured: Graduates of AECB CarbonLite retrofit training

retrofit training logoGraduates of AECB CarbonLite retrofit training

The following AECB members have successfully completed our retrofit training so have:

  • studied over 70 course lessons, as well as additional further reading
  • successfully answered lesson quizzes
  • submitted homework tasks based on their own home or a retrofit project that they are involved with
  • attended or viewed course online seminar sessions

The graduate may now:

  • use the AECB CarbonLite retrofit project self-certification system for certifying robust, low energy building retrofit projects
  • list their name and details on the AECB Member Services Directory – associated with and searchable by the AECB CarbonLite retrofit logo

For more information about the CarbonLite retrofit course click here.

Meet and contact the graduates:

a clr graduateDaren Thomas at A-Tec Design, Cornwall

In 1996 A-Tec Design was formed and I went onto become a Chartered Architectural Technologist in 2004. As well as running the practice I have a keen interest in sustainable design keeping abreast of new or old techniques to improve my knowledge of how to enhance the construction process and to improve the energy performance of the buildings belonging to our clients. In 2009 I trained in the use of the PassivHaus design software which will become the main energy design tool in the next few years. I have been a member of the AECB for a number of years now, and when the opportunity arose to participate in the CarbonLite Retrofit training course I was keen to participate. The course concentrates on the issues related to heat and moisture in buildings, and understanding and managing the cause and affect, and the possible ways to avoid the problems occurring. I have found great benefit from working through the different modules and from the online discussions. I believe the course is great value and would recommend to any other professionals keen to improve their knowledge and quality of understanding when making design decisions, related to this course. I wish that this course was available when I started my training over 30 years ago.” Contact Daren here.

a clr graduateDavid Wilson at David Wilson Design (Architects), Gloucestershire

I was a participant in the 2016 CarbonLite Retrofit course and am finding the insight and knowledge gained to be extremely valuable in my small architectural practice. The course covers a wide range of topic areas including the wider context of climate change; the opportunities for significant improvements in the energy performance of buildings; the types of housing likely to be encountered in the UK; the physics of buildings (both energy and moisture); analysis of real-life constructions and interventions; the economics of different retrofit strategies. On account of the amount of material covered by the course, I expect I will need to revise one or more topics when taking on future projects. Fortunately, the course providers have recognised this need and have taken steps to make the material available on a long-term basis.” Contact David here.

retrofit studentEs Tresidder at Lean Green Consulting, Scotland

I am a certified Passive House designer based in the west highlands of Scotland. I finished my PhD in low-energy building design optimisation in 2014 and was keen to move to consulting on real-world projects full time (I’d been doing some consultancy before and during my PhD). Through the Passive House designer and then the CarbonLite retrofit course I gained a tonne of relevant knowledge and skills to build on everything I’d learnt during my PhD and apply it in the real world. I recently moved back to the UK (I was living in Belgium) and am excited to get involved in some Passive House and deep retrofit projects here, both locally on the west coast and in the rest of the UK (I’m adept at working remotely, having completed many consultancy projects this way, and I don’t mind travelling).” Contact Es here.

clr graduateGervase Mangwana at Waxwing Energy, Manchester

“Whilst doing the Renewable Energy and The Built Environment MSc at CAT in 2009 I realised that I wanted to concentrate on lowering emissions from the existing UK housing stock. My thesis focussed on moisture risks associated with this challenge. Since then I have trained in thermal imaging and airtightness testing as well. Based in Manchester I now carry out whole house assessments for a the Carbon Co op’s “My home Energy Planner” and have helped in the development of this useful “Super” SAP tool. From this base, through my own company Waxwing energy, I move on to design and consultancy of part and full retrofit projects, followed by hands on implementation. I also carry out thermal imaging and airtightness testing for other projects where this is of use. The CLR course has helped me to crystallise all that I know already about this field and add considerably to the knowledge. It also provides me with a way of offering some kind of assurances for clients in terms of a recognised program which is otherwise lacking in this market.”  Contact Gervase here.

CLR graduate Richard SpencerRichard Spencer at mylowenergyhome, Leeds

I’m an experienced engineer and project manager now focusing on the built environment and opportunities for designing buildings that are comfortable, healthy and have a lower impact on the environment. I’ve been interested in low energy building for the last 10 years and am currently project managing my own house build aiming for Passivhaus certification and AECB water standard good practice. I strongly believe that retrofitting the existing buildings in the UK is vital for the health of the nation and I completed the CarbonLite retrofit course with this in mind. The course has enabled me to tap into a wealth of practical experience and project learning which will help me to deliver robust deep retrofits. I am currently training for the Certified Passivhaus Consultant qualification with the aim of providing services in PHPP and Therm modelling coupled with practical experience of implementing a low energy home to building owners and architects across Yorkshire and the rest of the country. Having built my own low energy home, I’d like to help other building owners develop a low energy home for their family, business or organisation.”



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