SME contractors to be trained on building energy efficient homes

A year-long training initiative to educate local construction specialists in building low energy homes has been launched in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The project, called the Fabric First Institute and run by energy efficiency consultants Whole House Energy, will teach contractors to deliver homes to the Passivhaus standard.

The £200k funded year-long training programme was developed in support of the Norwich City Council’s £300 million Fabric First Framework which plans to see the development of hundreds of homes to the Passivhaus standard over the next four years.

The courses will discuss why and how to build efficient buildings as well as best practice for building envelope and ventilation.

Jackie Richards from Whole House Energy, project managers said:

“There is a real and immediate need for multiple contractors to be upskilled. Currently the number of Passivhaus designers in the UK outnumbers qualified tradespeople five to one.

“There are already a comparatively high number of Certified Passivhaus Tradespeople in the Eastern Region but this training can be expensive and exclude many would-be contractors from accessing the skills and knowledge.”

Courses will be held at Easton and Otley College, Easton Campus.

For more details of the courses, availability and booking visit www.wholehouseenergy.com/fabricfirstinstitute or call 01603597716.