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Calling all Builders – Harrogate College are now offering free house Retrofit courses

16 June 2022

In partnership with Harrogate College, Zero Carbon Harrogate are now offering free house Retrofit courses for builders in the Harrogate area. The courses aim to provide builders with an awareness of retrofit building practices and help tackle the circa 67,000 homes in the district which require retrofitting, to make them more energy efficient and reduce their impact on CO2 levels by 2030.

The course aims educate attendees on:

  • Identifying building structures and construction methods
  • The relevance of Retrofit is to carbon reduction and reducing bills over time
  • The whole house approach
  • Airtightness of buildings
  • Thermal bridging and thermal bypass
  • Types of insulation materials
  • Selection of measures for retrofit
  • Sustainability considerations


The free places on the Retrofit course are limited. To attend this course and receive free funding, interested applicants can contact John Kerr on 07927 145712 or email john.kerr@zerocarbonharrogate.com Alternatively, bookings can be done direct via the Harrogate College website https://harrogate-college.ac.uk/ select the Courses page.

These courses are the start of the Retrofit Programme that Zero Carbon Harrogate has planned, soon to be announced will be training for Assessors and Coordinators, who will be able to advise homeowners in the Harrogate District what work can be carried out on their homes to make them more efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.

Course funding has been made possible through the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme from the Energy Saving Trust, which Zero carbon Harrogate won funding from earlier on this year.

John Kerr, Retrofit Programme Manager for Zero Carbon Harrogate said:

We are delighted to be able to offer funding for these courses to builders in the Harrogate District, with our partners Harrogate College, and hope it will help them expand their services for the growing demand from homeowners who wish to make their homes more energy efficient, warmer and cheaper to run whilst tackling climate change. This is just the start though, we have more courses coming soon that specifically look at technology, such air source heat pumps and the training of Assessors and Coordinators which will really help home owners understand what work needs to be done to their homes and how to achieve it.


Holly Hansen Maughan, Partnership and Development Manager for Harrogate College said:

We are absolutely delighted to be offering these courses which is part of our greater commitment for providing training for sustainable and environmentally aware building. We are currently planning more courses that will take building professionals through to accredited passive house standards as well as other trades in low carbon sources of heating.

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