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
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.
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.
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.
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.