Understanding Your Old Building Course

Understanding Your Old Building

Online course

09/10/2023 - 30/11/2023
Course Type: 


Introductory CPD, General interest,
United Kingdom

£115 per person

Event details

This course is fully booked. 

Join this online course to learn how to tackle common problems in your home while maintaining its value and character. 

This course is for anyone living in a period property (typically those built pre-1919). It will also be relevant to professionals who may need to brief their clients on understanding their old building. The SPAB is an IHBC-recognised CPD provider and certificates of attendance are available on request.

Topics we will cover:

•    An Introduction to Old Buildings and Conservation: putting ideas into practice 
•    Construction and Performance: understanding why old buildings are different 
•    Introduction to Lime: a beginner’s guide 
•    Maintenance Matters: the importance of the routine care of buildings 
•    Understanding the Legal Framework and Working with Professionals 
•    Energy Efficiency: upgrading old buildings without compromising character and integrity 

How the course works 

The course includes six pre-recorded lectures followed by a live online Q&A session on Saturday 11 November, 12.30-2pm (GMT).

You will receive the pre-recorded lectures via email from Monday 9 October and can watch them at your own pace until Thursday 30 November.  

We recommend watching as many as you can before the live online Q&A session. You’ll receive joining instructions a few days before and the session will be recorded for those unable to attend. 


James Innerdale is an accredited architect, historic buildings consultant and SPAB Technical Adviser. 

IT requirements 

You will need a laptop, phone or other device connected to the internet.  


Anything we can do to make this course more accessible for you? Please email education@spab.org.uk.

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