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Customers are looking for builders who can carry out high quality home improvements and energy saving retrofit work.

We offer training courses and skills development opportunities and connect you with our customer base of homeowners who want this work done.

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An independent training programme offering certification in sustainable building practices.

The course consists of online training, practical site visits and workshops delivered by highly knowledgable, experienced construction practitioners

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Opportunity to join our online register of Futureproof Associate Builders who we recommend to our large customer base.

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Ensuring customer confidence is key; Futureproof training provides assurance of your credentials, competency and quality of service.

“Futureproof is nothing less than an oasis in the desert”

Builder, South Gloucestershire

Why become a Futureproof Associate Builder

FutureProof ShapeSkills

Shape your skills and service offering in line with the future market, as demand for sustainable materials and energy efficiency measures increases.

FutureProof JoinNetwork

Join a network of like minded builders who take pride in refining their craft and developing knowledge with long-term value.

FutureProof Connect

Connect with appreciative, well informed customers who value your sustainable credentials and the knowledge you can offer.

FutureProof Win

Win more creative and satisfying projects that benefit your customers, your business and the planet.

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Existing Ground Floors

Existing ground floors are usually of two types: suspended timber floors or solid concrete floors and are often an area where lots of cold air can enter the house. There are various ways to reduce these draughts…

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New Ground Floors

It is important to make sure that any new floors – solid or suspended timber – in a house are well insulated to avoid cold air coming into the house and creating draughts…

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External & Internal Wall Insulation

Most of our older buildings have solid walls – brick, stone or rubble plus stone.

They are often beautiful, ‘high value’ buildings but perform badly in terms of retaining heat.

The addition of wall insulation can make a huge difference to the energy efficiency of a building, plus has the added benefit that the internal environment is more comfortable for the occupants…

Read more

Windows

Some older buildings will have the original single glazed windows still in place or will have older, poorly performing double-glazing that is coming to the end of its useful life.

Replacing them with high performance double or triple glazed windows will make a significant difference both in comfort and reduced heating bills…

Read more

Renewable Energy Technologies

These are any technology that uses a renewable resource, for example, solar, wind or hydro to generate electricity and sometimes to provide space heating. Installing a renewable energy technology will reduce fossil fuel use, reduce carbon emissions and as electricity prices continue to rise, will help to reduce fuel bills…

Read more

Loft Conversions & Roof Lights

Often as the needs of occupants change and families expand, moving house may not be possible and so converting the loft can add more space. However, there are various issues that need to be considered…

Read more

Existing & New roofs

Roofs can lose a lot of valuable heat if they are not adequately insulated. When converting a loft or making other improvements to a house, there may be an opportunity to increase the amount of roof insulation and thereby make the house more comfortable and reduce fuel bills…

Read more

Good Practice Detailing at Junctions & Thermal Bridging

A surprising amount of heat and moisture can travel through very small gaps in construction and some of the most common building defects arise at junctions e.g. between walls, ceilings, windows, roofs and floors and between an existing wall and a new wall or roof (for example, when building a back extension)…

Read more

Ventilation

As we learn how to improve airtightness (i.e. less draughts) in our homes through measures such as adding wall insulation and replacing windows,, it is vital to ensure that there is adequate fresh air and that stale air is removed, something that unintended gaps in the external envelope (‘draughts’) might have previously provided…

Read more

Lighting

In the past, light bulbs were very inefficient in producing light. Only 10-15% of the energy used in an old (now phased out) incandescent bulb was used for light-the rest was heat….

Read more

Healthy Interiors & Indoor Air Quality

We spend 80-90% of our times inside buildings and so it is important that the interior environment is healthy for us to live and work in…

Read more

Sustainable Water Use

Although the total amount of water in and around our planet stays the same, there is a carbon load to water from the energy that is used to clean it each time it is used in buildings such as in WC’s, sinks, baths and showers. Additionally energy is used to heat hot water which also has a carbon load…

Read more

Heating & Hot Water

Many existing homes have poor insulation, leaky windows, are uncomfortable to live in due to draughts and expensive to heat.

Not only is it important to make our homes more comfortable to live in but we are also using much more energy to heat them than we should…

Read more
Existing Ground Floors

Existing ground floors are usually of two types: suspended timber floors or solid concrete floors and are often an area where lots of cold air can enter the house. There are various ways to reduce these draughts…

Read more
New Ground Floors

It is important to make sure that any new floors – solid or suspended timber – in a house are well insulated to avoid cold air coming into the house and creating draughts…

Read more
External & Internal Wall Insulation

Most of our older buildings have solid walls – brick, stone or rubble plus stone.

They are often beautiful, ‘high value’ buildings but perform badly in terms of retaining heat.

The addition of wall insulation can make a huge difference to the energy efficiency of a building, plus has the added benefit that the internal environment is more comfortable for the occupants…

Read more
Windows

Some older buildings will have the original single glazed windows still in place or will have older, poorly performing double-glazing that is coming to the end of its useful life.

Replacing them with high performance double or triple glazed windows will make a significant difference both in comfort and reduced heating bills…

Read more
Renewable Energy Technologies

These are any technology that uses a renewable resource, for example, solar, wind or hydro to generate electricity and sometimes to provide space heating. Installing a renewable energy technology will reduce fossil fuel use, reduce carbon emissions and as electricity prices continue to rise, will help to reduce fuel bills…

Read more
Loft Conversions & Roof Lights

Often as the needs of occupants change and families expand, moving house may not be possible and so converting the loft can add more space. However, there are various issues that need to be considered…

Read more
Existing & New roofs

Roofs can lose a lot of valuable heat if they are not adequately insulated. When converting a loft or making other improvements to a house, there may be an opportunity to increase the amount of roof insulation and thereby make the house more comfortable and reduce fuel bills…

Read more
Good Practice Detailing at Junctions & Thermal Bridging

A surprising amount of heat and moisture can travel through very small gaps in construction and some of the most common building defects arise at junctions e.g. between walls, ceilings, windows, roofs and floors and between an existing wall and a new wall or roof (for example, when building a back extension)…

Read more
Ventilation

As we learn how to improve airtightness (i.e. less draughts) in our homes through measures such as adding wall insulation and replacing windows,, it is vital to ensure that there is adequate fresh air and that stale air is removed, something that unintended gaps in the external envelope (‘draughts’) might have previously provided…

Read more
Lighting

In the past, light bulbs were very inefficient in producing light. Only 10-15% of the energy used in an old (now phased out) incandescent bulb was used for light-the rest was heat….

Read more
Healthy Interiors & Indoor Air Quality

We spend 80-90% of our times inside buildings and so it is important that the interior environment is healthy for us to live and work in…

Read more
Sustainable Water Use

Although the total amount of water in and around our planet stays the same, there is a carbon load to water from the energy that is used to clean it each time it is used in buildings such as in WC’s, sinks, baths and showers. Additionally energy is used to heat hot water which also has a carbon load…

Read more
Heating & Hot Water

Many existing homes have poor insulation, leaky windows, are uncomfortable to live in due to draughts and expensive to heat.

Not only is it important to make our homes more comfortable to live in but we are also using much more energy to heat them than we should…

Read more

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“It was brilliant to have an informal chat with someone who has the practical experience of dealing with these types of materials and buildings”

Builder, West of England

Training in Sustainable Construction

The training programme is designed to offer a flexible approach to training that matches your work and areas of interest.

The course involves a combination of live-streamed training events that balance theory and practice; pre-recorded video tutorials on practical subjects; local site visits and workshops.

The foundations of retrofit knowledge start with Level One. Complete the core principles that underpin good retrofit plus six optional topics of your choice.

As you move through your training, you’ll build knowledge in greater depth, with Level Two core training courses and another six topics of your choice to suit your work interests.

As well as receiving certification, when you complete Level One of the training programme you will be added to an online register of Futureproof Associate Builders who we recommend and refer to our large customer base.

Level One topics

FutureProof IntroductionToSustainable

Introduction to Sustainable Building

core

FutureProof RoofsWallsFloors

Roofs, Walls & Floors

core

FutureProof Airtightness

Airtightness

optional

FutureProof Ventilation

Ventilation Basics & Principles

core

FutureProof RoofLights

Rooflights & Windows

optional

FutureProof HeatPumps

Sustainable Water Use in Buildings

core

FutureProof Airtightness Copy

Integrating Building Services

core

FutureProof SolidStoneBrickWalls

How to Insulate Solid Stone & Brick Walls

optional

FutureProof Lime

Introduction to Lime

optional

FutureProof PAS2035

Introduction to PAS 2035

optional

FutureProof AnalysisOfMaterials

Lifecycle Analysis of Building Materials

optional

Introduction to Heat Pumps

Introduction to Heat Pumps

optional

Level Two topics

Futureproof Training Low Carbon

Low Carbon Technologies

optional

Futureproof Training Sustainable Timber

Sustainable Timber Specification

optional

Futureproof Training Retrofitting1

Retrofitting Traditional Buildings 1

core

Futureproof Training Retrofitting2

Retrofitting Traditional Buildings 2: Case Studies

optional

Futureproof Training Ventilation

Ventilation: DCV products & installation

optional

Futureproof Training Insulation

Insulation & Airtightness with CLT

optional

Futureproof Training IWI

IWI using natural
wall insulation

core

Futureproof Training External Envelope

Lightweight vs Heavyweight external envelope

optional

Futureproof Training Build Light

Build Light, Insulate Right, Solar Tight

optional

Futureproof Training Retrofit Quality

Driving Retrofit Quality

core

Futureproof Training Building Biology

Building Biology

core

Futureproof Training Biodiversity

Biodiversity and
the built environment

optional

How does the process work?

Futureproof offers training in the fundamentals of sustainable construction.

This training is free for builders in the West of England!

For builders and located across the rest of the UK please enquire below and our team will explain the costs and payment options for your region.

The training programme is designed to offer a flexible approach that matches your work and areas of interest.

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