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John Edwards - The Environment Study Centre
Charlestown Workshops, KY11 3EN
Start Time
9 a.m.
End Time
5 p.m.
£495.00 + VAT
(£594.00 incl VAT)

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Achieving the NOCN qualification: Energy Efficiency Measures for Older and Traditional Buildings

The only course of its kind that features both BSI PAS 2035 and PAS 2038 and delivered by a co-author of these standards Prof John Edwards also lead author of BS7913 – the British Standard for work to traditional and historic buildings.

Date: 14th - 15th June 2022 @ 9.00am - 5.00pm


NOCN Examination Fee

Examination fees for the NOCN Level 3 Award Qualification must be included when booking this course. This fee of £80.00+VAT will be added to your basket and paid to NOCN who will award the qualification.

Please note this fee is set by NOCN and is non-refundable once you have made your booking.

Course Description

Over one-third of UK buildings are of traditional construction. These buildings are different from modern buildings and need to be treated differently.

The Environment Study Centre teamed up with the CITB's National Construction College and specialist building consultancy Edwards Hart to develop this unique 2-day course that delivers a real qualification in energy efficiency retrofit.

The course is run in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity St David Group (Coleg Sir Gâr), a group that incorporates the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC), where our course tutor Professor John Edwards provides a leadership role in the subject of retrofit.

Learners booking with us will be in good hands. Our tutor, a certified expert in older and traditional buildings, developed the course, worked on the original National Occupational Standards on which it is based, led on the development of the British Standard (BS7913) for older and traditional buildings and was a member of the panels producing BSI PAS 2030, PAS 2035 and PAS 2038 as a Director of Edwards Hart, the only specialist certified consultant with expertise in traditional building retrofit to be invited to attend. See further details below.

Compare our expertise with others.

The Environment Study Centre only uses subject experts as tutors and prides itself in delivering high-quality training. Since 2016, hundreds have achieved the Level 3 Award qualification from a range of organisations that have included housing associations, contractors, retrofit installers, sustainability bodies, consultants and heritage organisations which has included the National Trust and English Heritage. The course takes account of latest research and developments such as PAS 2035.

Upon successful completion participants will be awarded the NOCN Level 3 Award for Energy Efficiency for Older & Traditional Buildings (QCF). This is a government-approved qualification and has been developed to suit contractors and consultants, as well as clients.

This qualification provides individuals with the recognition that they have achieved an independently recognised level of knowledge. If you are involved in Government or energy provider (ECO) funded retrofit, you may be required to hold the NOCN Level 3 Award for Energy Efficiency for Older & Traditional Buildings (QCF) qualification.

PAS 2035 requirements

Role >>>>>> Retrofit Advisor Retrofit Coordinator Retrofit Assessor Retrofit Designer Retrofit Evaluator Requirement No Yes, but only if undertaking the Retrofit Evaluator role - all risk paths Yes, for Risk Paths B and C when the building is protected, e.g. conservation area No, but it is an option for some individuals in order to undertake retrofit in Risk Path C, if they are not Retrofit Coordinators Yes, for all risk paths

Note the Retrofit Evaluator is a Retrofit Coordinator

Clause numbers A.5.2 and A.2.3 A.2.3 A.4.3, A.4.5 and A.2.3 A.5.2 and A.2.3 Desirability

Noting that 35% of buildings are traditional

Yes, as advice on maintenance is a requirement and maintenance and condition issues are often different in traditional buildings including the materials used. There may also be heritage issues raised by occupiers, etc Yes, as the Retrofit Coordinator has overall responsibility and therefore should have an appropriate understanding, especially if the Retrofit Assessor does not hold the Level 3 Award qualification. Yes, as the Retrofit Assessor must undertake a condition survey which has to include understanding the construction, performance and treatment /suitability of work /measures which are often different to modern buildings As designers are members of a building conservation certification scheme it does not make this as necessary as in other roles. However, it might still be beneficial for some

The qualification is also a requirement under 'PAS 2038: 2021: Retrofitting non-domestic buildings for improved energy efficiency - Specification', for any project teams members involved in the retrofit assessment (Clause 5), improvement option evaluation (Clause 6), establishing intended outcomes (Clause 7), preparation of an improvement plan (Clause 8) or submitting or facilitating applications for statutory approvals (Clause 10), when the building has special protection or is of traditional construction. This is likely to mean the 'Retrofit Lead Professional' and the 'Retrofit Assessor'.

The three NOCN Level 3 Award units that make up the Level 3 Award, and are listed below:

  • NOCN code H6MK 69 Older and Traditional Buildings: Age, Nature and Characteristics
  • NOCN unit code H6MM 69 Older and Traditional Buildings: Assessing Options for the Introduction of Energy Efficiency Measures
  • NOCN code H6MN 69 Older and Traditional Buildings: Making Recommendations and Giving Advice on the Introduction of Energy Efficiency Measures.

In addition, supplementary information to support learners understanding of the broader issues affecting the energy efficiency and retrofit of pre-1919 traditional buildings is provided in the form of a course handbook (provided in electronic format) covering the subject areas below:

  • Understanding the chronology, building styles, age and characteristics of traditional (pre-1919) buildings and understanding how the thermal performance and energy and efficiency of traditional (pre-1919) buildings are assessed
  • Understanding the impact of the Installation of retrofit of energy efficiency measures to traditional (pre-1919) buildings and installation of energy efficiency measures in relationship to craft occupations
  • Understanding the range of available energy efficiency systems and measures available

Note all applicants must bring a laptop onto the course.

Each participant is expected to undertake three multiple-choice tests at the end of the second day – these tests will be taken electronically from a laptop.

Once payment has been received participants will be sent the course handbook in electronic format. Any updates will be made on the course. This is a two-day course, but it requires 21 hours of learning and therefore each participant will be required to undertake essential pre-course work as advised by the course trainer; this is regardless of pre-course knowledge in the subject.

The Environment Study Centre prides itself in ensuring that all its courses are delivered by experts with genuine expertise in all the requisite areas which can be backed up with demonstrable experience and that includes this course.

Training will be delivered by one of the UK’s leading experts in the retrofit and sustainable refurbishment of traditional and historic buildings, Prof John Edwards, MA, DipBldgCons, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC:

  • Experience of sustainable refurbishment and energy efficiency retrofit spanning nearly forty years.
  • Leadership – has led in the development of best practice in undertaking research and development of Standards and guidance. Co-founded the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance
  • Expertise – expert panel membership of BSI committees including PAS 2035, PAS 2030, PAS 2038 and the BSI Retrofit Standards Task Group and has been responsible for the retrofit of thousands of buildings ranging from social housing to Listed Buildings and Scheduled Monuments.
  • Chartered Environmentalist – the highest achievement for professional Environmentalists.
  • Certified in work to traditional and historic buildings – acknowledged as an expert by heritage bodies.
  • Chartered Construction Manager – highest acknowledgement of expertise in planning and managing construction work.
  • Chartered Building Surveyor – highest acknowledgement of expertise in assessing and analysing buildings.
  • Professor of Practice – highest acknowledgement by academia of industry expertise and leadership.
  • Qualified educator – qualified with expertise in the development and the delivery of training

Professor Edwards is Director of Edwards Hart Consultants and formerly of Cadw and English Heritage.

The course requires participants to have experience of the construction and property industry and is suitable for a range of practitioners which includes:

  • Architects / Designers/ Retrofit Designers, Surveyors, Engineers & Housing Technical Officers
  • Retrofit Assessors and advisors
  • Project Managers / Retrofit Co-ordinators
  • Conservation Officers
  • Building Control Officers
  • Works Supervisors & Site Managers
  • First-Line Supervisors & Managers.
  • Estimators, planners and designers
  • All-round general building operatives who have some experience of working on traditional buildings
  • Builders/ developers
  • Installers of Solid Wall Insulation Systems
  • Experienced Craftspeople
  • Client Representatives

Participants that do not undertake any of the above roles must demonstrate that they have the necessary entry requirements. Please contact us with any queries

£495.00 + VAT
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