Old School courses teach homeowners and professionals skills and knowledge for the care and maintenance of older buildings. Courses can include topics such as best practices for researching the history of a building, how to manage a heritage project from start to finish, a thorough introduction to heritage conservation, and wood windows repair and maintenance.
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2018 Old School Workshops
Exterior Painting and Historic Colours Workshop
Saturday April 28th, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Strathcona Church, 431 Princess Ave
Register Here, $30
Join Heritage Consultant, Donald Luxton to discover the history of exterior painting of homes in Vancouver and how colour can enhance modern-day restorations.
Donald was involved in the development of Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s True Colours Palette in 1999, identifying many of the colours from the analysis of hundreds of buildings in Vancouver. He will talk about how paint was originally mixed on site, the evolution of paint technology and colours, and how paint was applied to different architectural styles in the late 19th and 20th centuries. He will also discuss the key points to consider when planning exterior painting and hiring a painting company.
- Discover how to find the original colour palette of your building and how to use the historic colour palette as part of your restoration project
- Understand how to prepare your exterior for a lasting finish and safety considerations when dealing with historic paint
- Learn the dos and don’ts and what you should ask your painting contractor
This 3-hour workshop will be split into a presentation that will be followed by a visit to some nearby homes that showcase historic colours and their application. This workshop is geared towards homeowners and heritage professionals alike.
This course earns 3 Core LUs AIBC
Electrical Safety in Older Buildings
Tuesday May 1, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Multi-purpose Rm 1
Register Here, $25
Electrical systems of older homes and buildings can be an intimidating subject. However, does the discovery of knob-and-tube, aluminum wiring or 60-amp service really mean a re-wiring of the entire home? Brian Cook, founder and President of PowerCheck, leads this workshop, which will highlight key issues associated with various types of wiring and offer simple solutions to ensure the safety of older homes. Following the talk there will be time for an open discussion, giving participants an opportunity to ask questions.
This course earns 2 Core LUs AIBC
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS
All workshops qualify for Professional Development Credits: most qualify for Core Learning Units. 1 Credit is assigned for each hour of instructor time. Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. Shorter courses like Researching qualify for 2 Core LUs. All Professional Development Credits except AIBC are self reporting – talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.
Earn a Certificate in Heritage Conservation by taking 18 units worth of courses. Download more information about requirements for the Certificate here.
Old School Courses for Building Conservation won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit. Sign up and see why!