DIY Retrofit for Homeowners

Understand retrofit theory, learn practical skills and how to manage risk

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“The course exceeded my expectation by miles! Gained so much knowledge. Really good structure, especially learning the theory before the practical parts. Really in-depth teaching, especially around risks involved.” - Participant 2016

Description: This 3 day course tackles the key areas of fabric upgrades applicable to most homes. Includes airtightness works and insulation, covering basic measures such as draft-proofing, moving on to more advanced subjects such as floor and wall insulation. The focus is on teaching principles through practical examples.

For: Homeowners who want to carry out some or all of their own improvements. Handy-people interested in learning more about retrofit.

Benefit: Gain practical knowledge and confidence to undertake home improvements with an understanding of potential risks and how to mitigate them.

What you will learn:

  • What is a thermal bridge and why do they matter?
  • Practical hands-on skills
  • Learn the right tools for the right job
  • Delivering results on a budget
  • Airtightness and draught-proofing techniques and materials
  • Underfloor, wall and loft insulation

Knowledge required: No DIY experience required or previous knowledge needed.

Trainer: Dan Chaplin, Think Building Energy

Has more than 10 years of experience in domestic refurbishment and retrofit, with a proven track record of delivering quality, award winning buildings. Having worked in a variety of roles, from operational site work through to project management and technical specification he has strong insight into all aspects of the subject. Dan has a particular interest in the risks that exist around retrofit and has worked with Leeds Beckett University on this.



Course dates and booking links:

9:30am - 4:30pm every day.


Member early bird - £240
Non-member early bird - £300
Member standard -  £280
Non-member standard - £350

Bursaries available, email for more.


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This training is a part of Carbon Co-op's Home Energy Training Programme, see more here: