Join SPAB this spring to learn how to repair and care for solid wall, pre-1919 buildings and retrofit them for energy efficiency – whether your home is listed or unlisted, a timber-framed medieval cottage, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian.
Presented by property experts Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt – authors of Old House Handbook and Old House Eco Handbook and guest speakers, this course is suitable for those who are undertaking a major renovation to their period home, either themselves or as clients, those who want to find out more about doing the right thing when dealing with an older building or those who simple care about the care and repair of old buildings.

DATE: 6 – 7 May 2017
VENUE: King’s Manor, York, YO1 7EP
TIME: 09:30 – 17:30
FEE: £270 pp ‘early bird’ fee if booked before 1 March 2017 (otherwise £290 pp)
The fee includes lunch and refreshments on both days.
Please read the SPAB Refunds, Transfers & Cancellations Policy for this course before processing your booking.

This course is suitable for: home owners; managers and staff of period properties; building conservation professionals; construction professionals; general interest; introductory.

Feedback from delegates of the last weekend course:

“A superb introductory course which stimulates thought and how ideas apply to own property”

“Thank you to all of you. An exceptionally interesting, informative and well-presented course”

“This was a fantastic course, very relevant and I left enthused!”
This course will provide essential information on how the structure of a building can be repaired and maintained, and will explore how improvements can be made to the thermal performance of windows, roofs and floors. You will learn how to make your home comfortable and sustainable for 21st century living without harming the building fabric or character. The course themes will include:

The SPAB Conservation Approach
Understanding traditional building materials and diagnosing problems
Dealing with damp
Timber decay – dealing with dry rot, wet rot, woodworm and death watch beetle
An introduction to traditional lime-based materials
Understanding movement in older buildings – is that crack serious?
An introduction to making your building sustainable
Heating, powering and networking your home

With opportunities to ask the experts questions throughout the course, the weekend is also an excellent chance to meet and learn from other owners who may be facing similar challenges. Copies of Old House Handbook (RRP £25) and Old House Eco Handbook (RRP £30) will be available to purchase at reduced rates, and discounted SPAB membership will also be offered to those who join during the course weekend.

The course will take place at the King’s Manor – one of York’s most attractive and unusual historical sites. Originally the Abbot’s House of St Mary’s Abbey, the King’s Manor served the Tudors and Stuarts as a seat of government, becoming residences in the 18th century and a school in the 19th. Now home to the University of York, hidden in the heart of York city centre, the King’s Manor is a Grade I listed building. The Manor’s grounds back on to the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.

King’s Manor is located in Exhibition Square which is a short walk from York city centre and the railway station.

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