Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Intervention

Conserving, Repairing and Maintaining Traditional Windows

21 – 22 February 2019
Balmoral Castle

This 2-day Course will address the Conservation, Repair and Maintenance Requirements of Sash and Case, and a range of other Traditional Windows. This Course will be of immense benefit to: Joiners, Architects and other Construction Industry Professionals, as well as Owners of Traditional Buildings, Local Authority Planning and Maintenance Staff, and representatives of Conservation Organisations.

The all-inclusive fee for attending the Course is £175 – which includes lunch and refreshments on both days.

For further information, or to book a place on the Course, call 01888 511347, or e-mail

Further details here

Practical responses to MEES (the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards)

26 November 2018

Fit for the Future and STBA are collaborating to bring you and event which explores the practical responses to MEES. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for properties in the private rented sector were introduced in April of this year. These regulations are particularly challenging for owners and managers of portfolios of older buildings – especially as MEES are based around EPCs and these often do not accurately reflect the performance of solid-walled and other traditionally-constructed buildings – both domestic and non-domestic.

We will begin with an update from BEIS on the regulations themselves, then show how some portfolio owners have developed practical responses to meet these targets, and explore the inconsistencies between reducing energy use and improving EPC scores. Just as importantly, we want to hear from you, to record the challenges you are facing so that we can communicate these to government, and for you to share the solutions you are implementing, so there will be two contributory sessions to ensure that everyone attending has the chance to speak and raise issues.

Book here


The Fire Sector Summit 2018

31 October 2018

The Fire Sector Summit is the leading industry forum for key decision makers and influencers from across the fire sector.

Boasting talks and workshops by leading UK fire professionals, this year’s event is attracting a wide range of delegates. The aim of the Summit is to encourage discussion and debate on the sector’s most recent developments and themes and act as a catalyst for change within the world of fire safety.

Previous years have influenced tangible transitions in the fire sector, and this year we will be focusing on:

  • Brexit plenary with our expert panel from BSI, FIA, and the FPA
  • Post Grenfell Tower Update session with more experts to put your questions to
  • Robust testing and certification of timber fire doors with Mike Wood of FSF and ASDMA
  • The New Joint Competency Authority – Paul Timmins, BRAC and Paul Everall, LABC

Post Grenfell and the Hackitt Review there is no better time for the industry to come together and make a real difference.

Further details here

Reducing risk of fire in thatched buildings

13 November 2018

This one day thatch roofevent, organised by Historic England, the IHBC South West Branch, and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, will present the results of recent research into the causes of thatch fires, explain new guidance to reduce the risk and consider the implications for listed buildings. The issues that arise in the aftermath of a fire will also be discussed and there will be a demonstration of fire-fighting techniques for thatched roofs.                                                                                                 image: Historic England

FREE to attend.

Download the Programme and the Booking form to be returned to Nigel Pratt at Dartmoor National Park at