Nottingham Energy Partnership & UK Hempcrete presents

Practical Introduction

to Conservation Retrofit

Around 1/3 of UK homes are traditionally constructed. To make these buildings energy efficient and liveable for generations to come, we need to retrofit them in the right way, using suitable materials and techniques. 

This 8 week course, delivered 1 day per week, introduces those working – or aspiring to work – within the growing retrofit industry to the principles and practice underpinning successful retrofit of traditionally constructed buildings.


Retrofit. The Right Way.

Upgrade your skills and knowledge in the growing retrofit industry.


Accredited Level 2 Course in Retrofit


Industry Experts in Conservation Retrofit


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The Course

Level 2 Accredited

A practical introduction to the energy efficient retrofit of traditionally constructed buildings.


This accredited Level 2 course is aimed at those working or aspiring to work within the construction and retrofit industry. The course is designed to provide participants with the introductory knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively on retrofit projects involving older buildings. Others who may benefit from the course include:


This unique introductory course combines practical, hands-on learning with the theory which supports it. It provides an overview of the issues surrounding the retrofit of traditionally constructed buildings, and offers best practice solutions. Participants will get hands-on experience of a wide range of retrofit techniques and appropriate materials for the retrofit of these buildings. They will gain an understanding of how to approach retrofit projects in buildings of architectural significance.

The learning from this course can be used to kick start a career in the retrofit industry, or to develop the skills and understanding of those already working in retrofit to enable them to apply their work to the heritage built environment.

The Instructors

Developed by Experts

The Practical Introduction to Conservation Retrofit course has been developed and written in partnership by two industry leading specialist with funding from the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme. 

Nottingham Energy Partnership is an independent, Queen’s Award winning climate change charity and registered Home Improvement Agency delivering projects that tackle fuel poverty, increase household energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Over the past 25 years NEP have been involved in the retrofit of thousands of domestic and non-domestic properties. They are based in Nottingham but operate throughout the UK.

UK Hempcrete is a company with a long history of providing specialist construction contractor services. Known for its innovation in zero-carbon buildings, and the construction of the structural and thermal envelope from low-carbon, bio-based materials. UK Hempcrete’s staff are expert in the specification and use of hempcrete, natural fibre insulation, lime floors, and lime plasters and renders in the retrofit of heritage and protected buildings

The Team

"As a member of SPAB and a Retrofit Coordinator, I recognise the crucial importance of building a skilled and robust workforce specialising in the retrofit of traditional buildings."

Laura Brain, was instrumental in developing this course in her role as Project Development Manager at Nottingham Energy Partnership. She is a sustainable built environment specialist committed to developing effective and equitable solutions to the Climate Crisis. With a background in Architecture, her experience spans a broad range of disciplines, both technical and creative, within non-profit and commercial organisations.

"We wrote this hands-on 8 day Practical Introduction to Conservation Retrofit course for anyone seeking to learn the principles and practice of successfully retrofitting traditionally constructed buildings."

Alex Sparrow, Founder and MD at UK Hempcrete, is recognized globally as one of the leading experts in the use of hempcrete and other bio-materials in construction. He co-authored The Hempcrete Book (2014), widely acknowledged as the definitive guide to this remarkable building material.

“We have a huge challenge ahead of us in creating healthier, warmer homes whilst preserving the heritage of our neighbourhoods and cities.”

Alice Grant, Architectural Lead at Nottingham Energy Partnership, has experience in retrofitting domestic buildings and has taught in higher education. As a qualified architect her experience has given her an understanding of the nuances of building typologies and their retrofit requirements with a specialist interest in the conservation of traditional buildings.


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