Publication : CarbonLite Retrofit: Ambitious, safer retrofit for better, healthier buildings

Andy Simmonds, AECB CEO and Dr Tina Holt

This introductory session to CarbonLite Retrofit will look at the national context, cover course content and the nature of the material –  including quizzes, individual tasks and tutor-led webinars –  and review CLR project certification and a proposed moisture robust energy standard for existing dwellings.

Speaker biographies

Andy Simmonds AECB Chief Executive Officer

andyAndy is an architectural designer and sustainable building consultant, having extensive experience with historic buildings and materials, refurbishment and new build. His practice Simmonds.Mills Architects has specialised in rammed earth, innovative timber construction, green materials and delivers projects to AECB Silver, EnerPHit and Passivhaus Standards

As part time CEO of the AECB – the sustainable building association, he initiated and developed the AECB CarbonLite project including the AECB/TSB low energy buildings database and the CarbonLite Silver/Passivhaus/Gold detail design guidance.

He was part of the team that set up the AECB’s Passivhaus Trust. Simmonds.Mills’ non domestic ‘BREEAM Excellent’ building in Essex is a certified Passivhaus and his family home in Hereford is a successful low energy refurbishment – and the first Passivhaus ‘EnerPHit’ building certified in the UK.

Dr Tina Holt (PIEMA)

Tina Holt photoTina’s career started with a PhD looking at the impacts of climate change on coastlines followed by 10 years as a business systems consultant and project manager.

She then returned to her environmental roots, working for Global Action Plan. As a founding member of her local Transition group, she organised open house events and projects including “Eco Houses under Construction” and “Homes Behaving Badly” (HOBBS for short) within her local community.

In 2011-12, Tina and her partner refurbished their family home, transforming it from hard-to-heat to ultra-low energy using “Passivhaus” methodology. It is by far the most comfortable house she has ever lived in, and used just 21 kWh/m2/yr for space heating in 2014.

Tina has provided energy efficiency consultancy and thermal imaging for several years, and she has recently been involved in editing the recent CarbonLite Retrofit Course.

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