Old School Workshops & Courses

Next up - Sustainability Forum: Improving Energy Efficiency in Older Homes and Buildings

Old School courses teach homeowners, building owners 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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Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
VHF is conscious of changing health considerations for individuals attending public events due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are closely monitoring the situation and public health advice. VHF will advise registrants directly if changes become necessary. If you have any questions regarding upcoming events please contact us via email.


(Postponed) Sustainability Forum: Improving Energy Efficiency in Older Homes and Buildings
Thursday, April 2nd, 6:30pm – 9pm
303 E 8th Ave
$15

Due to the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) we have had to make the decision to reschedule this event for a future date. Registered participants have been notified and further updates will be posted on our website and social channels when possible. Thank you for your patience at this time.

We regret that the venue is not an accessible space. We will be in the Luxe Hall at the Western Front Society which is located on the second floor up two flights of stairs with no elevator. For more information, please contact the office.

Bring your questions and join VHF and an expert panel for a lively evening of presentations and discussion about improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of heritage and character homes. Each presenter will have 15 minutes to share their expertise on how to improve the energy efficiency of an older home or building, reduce energy bills and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event earns 2.5 Core LUs AIBC and/or 1 credit towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.

This event is sponsored by Fortis BC.

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Older homes and buildings often have lots of potential to improve energy efficiency through a range of retrofits. Measures to decrease heat loss or upgrade heating devices can make a big difference to carbon emissions, heating costs and comfort in the home. However, before making investments in retrofits, it is important to have the information you need to make the right decisions for your home or building, including understanding how it is different to modern construction.

While the program will focus on older homes and particularly those with heritage character, it will also be relevant for other small heritage buildings. Homeowners, building owners, and design and construction professionals are encouraged to attend. Information about current incentives including the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant, and provincial and municipal rebates will be offered.

Presenters and panelists:

Judith Mosley – Executive Director, Vancouver Heritage Foundation – Introduction to Heritage Homes and Energy Efficiency; HERG program.

John Quinton – President, Quinton Construction – Implementation of retrofits

Keri Briggs – General Manager, Vintage Woodworks – Improving the performance of historic wood windows

Matt Tarnowski – Associate, Integral Group – Heat pumps for space and water heating

Chris Higgins – Green Building Planner, City of Vancouver – Incentives and regulations

Beth Ringdahl – Manager, Conservation and Energy Management Residential, Fortis BC – Incentives and rebates for improving energy efficiency – natural gas

Rosslyn Shipp – Panel moderator – VHF Grants Manager, VHF’s Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant program


Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
Saturday, April 25th, 9am – 5pm
St Mary’s Kerrisdale, 2490 W 37th Ave
Register here, $115 (includes a light lunch)

Taught by experienced heritage professionals, Heritage 101 is a comprehensive one-day workshop that provides an introduction to heritage conservation with broad relevance for owners, design and construction professionals, municipal staff and the interested public. Heritage Consultants Donald Luxton and Judy Oberlander, and City of Vancouver Senior Heritage Planner Zlatan Jankovic will explore the history of heritage conservation, the guiding charters and regulations, and the regulatory environment at City Hall. Important topics including why heritage conservation is significant both economically and culturally, and its impact on communities will be covered. As a case study, we will touch on the history of St Mary’s Church in Kerrisdale. Presentations on key topics, on-site visual observation exercises and group work will all be part of this collaborative experience with lots of discussion.

This workshop earns 7 Core LUs AIBC and/or 3 credits towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.

This event is sponsored by the Lohn Foundation.

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About the Instructors:
Donald Luxton is founder and principal at Donald Luxton & Associates and has worked as heritage consultant on numerous projects over more than three decades. He is also an author and educator with several prestigious literary and heritage awards to his name. Judy Oberlander is a consultant who specializes in heritage conservation and cultural planning work. She has created community engagement & education programs across Canada in the public, private and non-profit sectors over the past 30 years. Zlatan Jankovic is Senior Heritage Planner at the City of Vancouver with over 15 years of experience with heritage projects, municipal policy and regulations including recent work on the Heritage Action Plan.

Planning a Heritage Garden
Thursday, May 21, 6pm – 8:30pm
Farris Room, University Women’s Club of Vancouver, 1489 McRae Ave
Register here, $45

The beauty of a heritage home is enhanced by well-planned gardens. Christine Allen, Author of ‘Gardens of Vancouver’, will show you how to design a heritage garden including an overview of traditional garden styles and how they were interpreted in early Vancouver. Christine will share recent examples of heritage houses complemented by their gardens, and discuss the plants used to create various effects. There will be time to work on ideas for your own project using a provided plant list. You are encouraged to bring photographs or sketches of problem areas for general discussion. This course will be relevant for anyone planning or developing a garden for a heritage or character home.

This workshop earns 2.5 Non-core LUs AIBC and/or 1 credit towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.

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About the Instructor:
Christine Allen is a Life Member of the Master Gardeners’ Association of B.C. and a former president of the Vancouver Rose Society. She has taught in Van Dusen Botanical Garden’s education program, and been a guest speaker at many garden clubs in B.C. and Washington. Christine is the author of several books including Roses for the Pacific Northwest and Gardens of Vancouver. Her most recent book is A Year at Killara Farm, an illustrated memoir of her garden in rural Langley.

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Old School Program Opportunities

For students: Are you currently enrolled in an educational program and 16-30 years of age? Sponsored seats for students are now available for the spring Old School sessions. Learn more about the program here or email us if you are interested in attending.

Professional Development Credits: Most workshops can qualify for Professional Development Credits: Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. All Professional Development Credits except AIBC are self reporting - talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.

VHF Heritage Conservation Certificate: You can receive this certificate by taking 18 units worth of courses. Download more information about requirements for the Certificate here. You can also email harriet@vancouverheritagefoundation.org for more information.

Old School Courses and Workshops won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit. Sign up and see why!


2020 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

February 29 - Professional Historical Colours Analysis Workshop


2019 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES

November 21 - Researching the History of a Building at Aberthau Mansion

November 6 - Creating a Heritage Conservation Plan

May 2 - Planning a Heritage Garden

March 16 - Maintenance and Repair of Wood Windows

March 2 - Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation

2018 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

November 20 - The Vancouver Heritage Register and Heritage Designation - and What It Means for You

November 13 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 1 - Electrical Safety in Older Buildings

April 28 - Exterior Painting and Historic Colours Workshop

April 14 - Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation

March 13 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2017 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 28 - Paint Stripping and Prepping Interior Wood Surfaces

Nov 25 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Kitsilano

May 13 - Masonry Workshop

Apr 11 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Apr 8 - Maintenance and Repair of Double-Hung Wood Windows

Apr 5 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Apr 2 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: How We Got to Today's Chinatown

Mar 4 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

2016 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 22 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Oct 29 -  Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Delamont Park

Oct 25 - Navigating City Hall

Oct 15 - Drafting a Statement of Significance

Apr 24 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: South Shaughnessy

Mar 5 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

Mar 1  - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Feb 23 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2015 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

Nov 25 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Nov 19 - Drafting a Conservation Plan

Nov 14 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Mt. Pleasant

Nov 3 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 9 - Wood Window Restoration and Repair

April 25 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

March 28 - Heritage Projects: From Idea to Completion

March 18 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

March 11 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2014 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS AND COURSES (click to view)

November 19 - Knob & Tube Electrical

October 11- Kerrisdale Walk: How Zoning Shaped this Neighbourhood

October 8 - Researching the History of a Building: City of Vancouver Archives

October 1 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 21 - Wood Windows & Storefronts Walk: Chinatown and Strathcona

April 9 - Interior Wood Paint Stripping

April 8 - Researching at the Archives

April 5 - Neighbourhood Zoning & History Walk: Strathcona

April 2 - Energy Retrofits for Older Buildings

April 1 - Researching at the Library

February 26 - & March 5 - Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation

February 27 - Historic Paint Schemes