New course to build green housing knowledge

A cutting edge course in how to give homes green makeovers gets underway in Ireland next month (September).

The Low Carbon Housing Refurbishment course, at University College Dublin, aims to give building and housing professionals considering refurbishment projects the knowhow to cut carbon dioxide emissions and fuel bills cost-effectively.

The course is being presented by Scott +MacNeill Architects and UK energy consultancy Rickaby Thompson Associates.

It will draw on the knowledge of the two trainers - Dr Peter Rickaby and William Scott.

Together, they have some 50 years of experience in the low carbon housing field.
The experiences of experts will also feature in the two-day course, along with their real life low carbon refurbished homes as case studies.

The course will cover the challenges of refurbishing Irish housing stock with topics including:

·advanced insulation
·air tightness techniques
·building services and technologies
·cost and carbon saving workshops
·specification checklists
·whole house approaches to retrofit
·cutting the thermal load
·tackling the electric power demand

The course contains carbon costing exercises and whole house improvement workshops featuring Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Dwellings Energy Assessment Procedure software.

Courses take place at Nova UCD, University College Dublin's innovation and technology centre at the Belfield Campus.

The next is scheduled for September 7 and 8 with prices ranging from a discounted €375 to the full price of €500.

For more details and to book call Dr Scott Dwyer on +353 (0)1 716 3526 or e-mail or visit

David Gibbs



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