Fabric and Structure

Critical to the future of the built environment

A carbon accounting module stresses the need for environmental data to be calculated for each project, while a fabric-first module will focus on design decisions that you can use to reduce energy consumption. The role of sustainable insulation materials, including homegrown alternatives, and mass timber solutions will also form a core part of the course.

Training includes a blend of online learning and live demonstrations at BE-ST’s Innovation Factory in Hamilton – home to the UK’s only commercial-scale vacuum press for manufacturing cross-laminated and glue-laminated timber components, and a Pilot Insulation Line for trialling new insulation materials.

All training is funded and so completely free to you.

Focus on the fabric and structure of a net zero building

Upskill in:

  • Fabric first approach
  • Using Mass Timber  
  • Carbon accounting
  • Sustainable insulation

This will be a scalable model that will create a structure for exploring opportunities and ways to reach net zero through building materials, products, and component parts.

This entry-level training is primarily aimed to construction contractors looking to begin and improve their knowledge on these key areas.

Morning sessions begin at 9am or 10am depending on the day chosen, afternoon sessions begin at 12:30pm. All last approximately three hours. 

Practical training days

Our Fabric first practical session, will cover passivhaus principles the importance of airtightness, insulation and the MVHR. This session will allow you to put the theory into practice, working on our training rigs, applying VCL (vapour control layers) tapes/grommets and insulation. The session will be delivered by Passivhaus Designer and trainer Rupert Daly on behalf of AECB (Association of Environmentally Conscious Buildings) https://aecb.net/

The AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building) is a network of individuals and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. Running since the 1980's the AECB are the largest and oldest network for sustainable building.

The hold standards in low carbon buildings for new and existing buildings. They delivered accredited courses in such as Carbonlite Retrofit course, Passivhaus, AECB Building Standards.

As part of this mass timber practical training day, you will be able to get hands on with our cross laminated timber vacuum press, and learn about different mass timbers and their properties, including Glulam, NLT, and CLT.

Content delivered by Edinburgh Napier University: the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures (COCIS), which is a research centre within the Institute for Sustainable Construction which works with building industry partners to research and commercialise innovation. With a focus on local sustainable resources, including homegrown mass timber the Centre delivers construction technologies for tomorrow’s communities. A cross-cutting Centre, having close links with Scottish government and funding agencies COCIS is ideally positioned to provide the range of expertise required to ensure optimisation of building performance, market viability of offsite products and creation of value for your organisation.

Our sustainable insulation practical training will explore sustainable materials, industry specifications and requirements. You will carry out current u-value calculations and be exposed to our pilot insulation line and blow fibre line, where you will see natural materials transform into insulation.

Delivered by our technical expert Sam Patterson and content creator Julio Bros Williamson, Edinburgh University.

Julio is a Chartered Architect (Mexico) with over 15 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice. He holds a PhD based on the impact of climate change and envelope performance dilapidation on dwellings in Scotland. His main focus of his research interests include monitoring and modelling building performance for new and refurbishment projects, building energy efficiency, environmental design and resilience. Julio is a trained BREEAM and Passivhaus designer (CEPH) and proficient in building performance monitoring techniques such as infrared thermography, In-situ U-value testing, air permeability testing and various building simulation tools. Julio retains strong professional links with external organisations such as being a Director and former Treasurer of the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA),member of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and part of the team that founded Retrofit Scotland.

The Carbon Accounting practical module will facilitate open discussion around the different approaches to carbon accounting, including some of the challenges, barriers, benefits and opportunities

It will also include a worked example of carbon footprint calculation for a medium scale construction project and examples of how other types of firms are tackling Carbon Accounting, with a review of some of the resources and further learning opportunities available.

This practical session is delivered by Dr. Sarah Graham, www.creativebuildingperformance.co.uk/

With over 25 years in Sustainable Building Design and Operation, a CIBSE Chartered Building Services Engineer and a Dr of Engineering specializing in interdisciplinary collaboration, design optimization, technology application and sustainable buildings.

Key experience of regulatory and voluntary requirements Building Regulations, BREEAM, LEED, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), WELL. Dynamic Simulation. Decarbonisation. Digital Skills. Interdisciplinary collaboration. Building Information Modelling. Building Services Engineering.

This Retrofit practical session will cover the principles of adopting a fabric first approach to retrofit focusing on solid and cavity wall. The importance of airtightness, insulation and ventilation through consideration of material choices and application. This session will allow you to put the theory into practice, working on our training rigs, applying VCL (vapour control layers) tapes/grommets and insulation. The session will be delivered by retrofit coordinator and Passivhaus Designer, Barbara Lantschner.