Saint-Gobain and CoRE Announce Partnership

Saint-Gobain UK and Ireland, the leader in the sustainable habitat and construction markets, and CoRE (Centre of Refurbishment Excellence), the UK’s leading network of retrofit experts, have announced a major new partnership.

The partnership sees Saint-Gobain become a CoRE Founder Sponsor, actively supporting the work of the CoRE Fellowship, which draws together leading retrofit practitioners from construction, design and academia.Saint-Gobain’s support will enable CoRE to extend its activities, most especially the delivery of its award-winning Retrofit Coordinator Diploma programme.This Diploma course include modules which focus on best practice principles that are at the heart of Saint-Gobain’s retrofit strategy, including fabric-first, whole-house retrofit, technical expertise, innovation and training for competent design and installation. The CoRE Diploma provides knowledge and skills essential to the construction professional undertaking the refurbishment and improvement of existing housing stock.

The CoRE training centre, in Stoke-on-Trent, complements Saint-Gobain’s nationwide network of five Technical Academies, its Innovation Centre in London and the Greenworks Training Academy, in Birmingham. CoRE retrofit courses will now be held at these locations, enabling attendees to learn more about additional training available from Saint-Gobain, including practical installation training in retrofit technologies such as Internal and External Wall Insulation systems.

Speaking on behalf of CoRE, CEO David Pierpoint said: “Saint Gobain’s commitment to the retrofit industry has been evident for many years. It echoes our ethos and our commitment to sharing knowledge openly and widely. It is a partnership that is good news for professionals in the retrofit industry, bringing wider access to expertise and support available to them.”

Mark Weaver, Project Director for Retrofit at Saint-Gobain, said: “Having delivered over 70,000 hours of training since 2011 at our training academies, Saint-Gobain plays a leading role in providing skills and training to the construction industry, something that is hugely important in supporting the continued growth of our sector, and to ensure we are able to construct better performing buildings.

“CoRE’s focus on developing the industry’s practical experience is what Saint-Gobain values and supports in order to grow the retrofit sector for a more sustainable future. We are proud to become the lead supporter of this programme and we look forward to a long and rewarding partnership.”

CoRE’s high-quality training programmes will be available at various Saint-Gobain locations across the country, organized courses of ten one-day modules, including Flitwick’s Technical Academy beginning on 14 April, Greenworks Training Academy on 16 April and the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre on 8 June. Each course is £2,000 for the ten modules but many organisations can benefit from a 50% government subsidy to the course fees on a first come, first served basis. Courses are filling fast, for more information or to book your place, visit: or call 01782 792900.

To find out more about CoRE and its courses, visit

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Date: 24 February 2015

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