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Under the Climate Change Act 2008 the UK needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

To meet the UK’s government climate change targets, we must look to retrofit all homes to an EPC band C standard by 2035. So, a key considerations for any homeowner is – How energy efficient is my home?

Housing efficiency is one of the major ways to reduce carbon and give us the best possible chance of meeting targets to help us reduce fuel poverty and make healthier homes.

Over one-third of UK buildings are of traditional construction and these buildings are of course very different in construction from modern buildings and thus need to be treated differently in terms of domestic retrofit. The retrofitting of energy-efficient measures within these kind of buildings requires a level of expertise and knowlege not specifically offered by more general domestic retrofit courses.


CITB Grants available for short qualifications 

The construction industry is experiencing a critical skills shortage. To help encourage new entrants and upskilling, CITB pays grants for the successful completion of approved short qualifications that take less than one year and focus on the core construction skills needed across the industry. 

This short course fulfills the qualification criteria for a CITB Grant. 

If you’re a CITB registered employer – and are up to date with your levy returns – you can apply for this grant for all directly employed staff on your payroll, business owners and partners, and all subcontractors. 


For full application details click here  



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Who is this qualification for?

This is a government-approved qualification and has been developed to suit contractors and consultants, as well as clients.

The qualification will provide 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.



Course Content

The course will build knowledge in the following areas:

Older and Traditional Buildings: Age, Nature and Characteristics

Older and Traditional Buildings: Assessing Options for the Introduction of Energy Efficiency Measures

Older and Traditional Buildings: Making Recommendations and Giving Advice on the Introduction of Energy Efficiency Measures.

You will also develop understanding of :

  • 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
  • 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
  • the range of available energy efficiency systems and measures available


Entry requirements

The course requires learners to have experience of the construction and property industry and is suitable for a range of practitioners including:

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


Learners who do not practice any of the above roles must demonstrate that they have the necessary entry requirements

If you are unsure about your eligibility or suitability – please contact who will be happy to help.


Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve a NOCN Level 3 Award in Energy and Efficiency for Older and Traditional Buildings.


This course is fully funded – there is no course fee.

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