BEST: Can we Build the Right Homes?

Wales needs more homes, but it also needs low energy homes. So why not find out how to build them?

25th June 2015

Wales definitely needs more houses, but it also needs better houses. So, why not start the process by learning more about low carbon building with Passivhaus and other systems. New dates are now available to find out more at some ‘Passivhaus and other systems II’ face to face sessions running all through July –

- 7th July PM. Llandudno

- 8th July AM. Newtown

- 13th July PM. Carmarthen

(Venue TBC upon registration)

Organised by BEST the Passivhaus and other systems II session is the third part of its Agored accredited CQFW level 5 1-credit CPD course ‘Passivhaus and Other Sustainable Design and Construction Systems’. The previous two parts of the course are already available online under the titles:

-          The Sustainability Jigsaw and how it affects you

-          Passivhaus and other systems 

You might have attended these sessions back in Autumn-Winter 14/15 or followed them online. If not, you still have some time before the upcoming session to review them. However, ‘Passivhaus and Other Systems II’ can be attended independently of the rest of the course if you wish.

During the session John Carter from Pentan Architects will explain a Passivhaus domestic building from the point of view of both designer and user. And they will have a session on ‘Detailing for Passivhaus and other low energy buildings’. Finally, for those that want to achieve accreditation, there will be the chance to fill in a first part of the assessment towards it at the end of the session.

If you are interested in attending please email stating which of the sessions you’d like to join. 

Refurbishment and Performance of Pre-1919 Buildings

The fourth of their Sustainable Architecture online courses is now available in Best Bolt, their Virtual Learning Platform: ‘Refurbishment and Performance of Pre-1919 Buildings’.

This course sets the scene with a review of current and proposed legislative frameworks and their use in practice in Wales. It further explores Cadw’s conservation principles, policies and guidance affecting the refurbishment of pre-1919 buildings. With an emphasis on practice in Wales, the course examines pre- and post- refurbishment energy performance studies, and features case studies of recent, planned or live heritage projects.