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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NEW DATE AND FORMAT! Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
November 21st, 9am – 12pm & November 26th, 6pm – 9pm
Now offered online in two sessions
Please note that registration has now ended. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Heritage 101 is going virtual! Taught by experienced heritage professionals over two 3-hour sessions, Heritage 101 is a comprehensive 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 will explore the history of heritage conservation and its relevance today, along with the guiding charters and regulations. Steps in planning for a conservation project will be discussed as well as the key tools including The Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and Statements of Significance. Presentations on key topics, a visual observation exercise and lots of opportunity for questions and discussion will all be part of this collaborative experience.
Details of how to join this webinar will be provided to registered participants. If you have not received the connection email two days before the webinar, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: The course will be split into 2 online sessions. When you register you are signing up for both sessions. Each session will be 3 hours with 2 five minute breaks in the middle. The 1st session will be Saturday, November 21st from 9am – 12pm and the 2nd session on Thursday, November 26th from 6pm – 9pm.
This workshop earns 3 credits towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.
This event is sponsored by the Lohn Foundation.
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.
Testimonial: ‘As a licensed realtor, a former member of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee (4 years) and current Commissioner for the Richmond Heritage Committee I want to express my thanks and gratitude for your course. There are many courses on heritage that I have taken and continue to take however your one day program was more valuable than any other, and that is saying a lot.
The quality of the instructors and their commitment to the conservation of heritage was great. The different disciplines of the instructors was also great as we heard and saw different views.’
– Larry Traverence, Commissioner for the Richmond Heritage Committee
NEW DATE! Steps for Sustainability: Historic Windows and Doors
December 10th, 7pm – 8 pm
Register here, $15
A characterful element of many older homes, windows and doors are often the first target for replacement when pursuing energy efficiency goals. Keri Briggs, Vice President of Vintage Woodworks, will discuss some common issues with historic windows and doors that lead to their removal, including drafts, sticking sashes and cracked glass, and how they can be resolved without replacement. She will share how wood windows were originally crafted, and how that tradition can be used to decrease heat loss to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
Bring your questions! You are also invited to send photographs of your windows and doors in advance and Keri will address some of them during the Q&A portion. This informative 1-hour webinar will be relevant for homeowners and professionals looking to improve the energy performance of an older home.
Details of how to join this webinar and how to submit your photographs will be included in the reminder email, sent ahead of the session. If you have not received the connection email two days before the webinar, please let us know at email@example.com
This session earns 1 credit towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate for those who have not previously taken a VHF windows workshop.
Photo Credit: Martin Knowles Photo/Media