Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Professional

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

IHBC London Branch Christmas Drinks Event

3 December 2018
The Black Friar, 174 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4EG

Join us at the splendid Black Friar, a Grade II* listed building, built in 1875 on the site of a former Dominican friary. Remodeled in 1905 and 1917 by the architect Herbert Fuller-Clark. Much of the internal decoration was done by the sculptors Frederick T Callcott and Henry Poole. The building was nearly demolished in the 1960s, until it was saved by a campaign spearheaded by poet Sir John Betjeman. It is on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

NOTE: On the day, all branch members will receive a red envelope containing a £5 contribution towards your first drink.

TIME – From 6pm onwards


TRAIN STATIONS – Blackfriars rail


Working Together for Disaster Relief Conference

8 February 2019

How can the private sector better work with the humanitarian sector in pre- post-disaster reconstruction and development to reinforce local ownership and support localisation ?

This one-day conference is an opportunity for the private and humanitarian sectors to meet and consider how to work together to support and develop local capacity for longer term sustainability and resilience. It will take the form of presentations about current and proposed initiatives and collaborative workshops discussing various issues related to collaboration between humanitarian, governmental, academic, and private partners.

With the impact of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, humanitarian partnerships with private sector companies are set to the rise. This conference is focused on sharing information about, identifying and promoting effective ways for the private and humanitarian sectors to better collaborate to promote outcomes which support and reinforce localisation.

Attendance is free for the humanitarian, NGO and charity sector, with only a modest fee for private sector partners. It takes place at BRE, one of the world’s leading built environment research and testing organisations, with a mission to improve the built environment for all. BRE is also the developer of QSAND, on behalf of IFRC, which is the freely available shelter and settlement sustainability and resilience tool to aid disaster reconstruction. BRE’s demonstration facilities include a life-size, walk-through humanitarian shelter, which will be available for viewing during the conference..

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


Historic Landscapes Assembly

19 November 2018

The third annual, national networking forum from the Gardens Trust, attracting delegates from across the heritage and landscape sector, with County Gardens Trusts right at its heart.

Aim: An opportunity for all those with a stake in historic designed landscapes and their conservation to meet and discuss current issues. Speakers will update us on current Gardens Trust campaigns and will include representatives from Historic England, Natural England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Woodland Trust. We will also be treated to case studies from County Gardens Trusts, showcasing their varied research and conservation projects.

Following the success of the GT’s ‘Compiling the Record’ campaign, the Assembly will take the 20th Century and Beyond as its theme, with highlight speaker Kim Wilkie, celebrated designer of ‘Orpheus’ at Boughton House, sharing his impressions of the essence and personal inspirations of British design through the centuries and his hopes for landscape architecture in the coming century.

Discussion will include ideas for sharing historic parks and gardens with a wider audience; the place of research in conservation; and ways to drive our sector’s renewed determination to be a combined force for good.

Background: The Gardens Trust was formed in 2015, from the merger of the Association of Gardens Trusts and the Garden History Society. This fresh conservation organisation is committed to the protection of designed landscapes and this drive is reflected in our campaigns and publications and in our support for the work of our 8000 County Gardens Trust volunteers. Conservation in these times of stretched resources relies on the sharing of skills and information, and one of the Trust’s most vital roles is to facilitate the dissemination of up-to-date research and policy, helping national bodies, local authorities and heritage volunteers to share their knowledge and expertise so that they may more effectively protect the landscapes we love.

This year’s Assembly, in the beautiful, 14th Century Hospitium, part of St. Mary’s Abbey, York, again brings together those working for the protection of historic designed landscapes, whether as staff or volunteers, to discuss key issues demanding our collective attention.

Further details and bookings here