New training programme offers ‘green’ building skills
Scotland’s minister for training has hosted the first hands-on session of a new programme designed to help out-of-work construction workers to gain new skills.
Jamie Hepburn visited the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) Innovation Factory to host the first session of the Low Carbon Learning initiative. The programme focuses largely on Passivhaus standards and EnerPHit – the Passivhaus standard for retrofit projects.
The launch was timed to coincide with the Cities, Regions & Built Environment day of COP26.
Low Carbon Learning is Scotland’s first publicly funded training programme in the Passivhaus and EnerPHit approach to the design and construction of highly energy-efficient buildings. The programme is designed to equip construction workers with the skills needed to create a sustainable built environment. The initiative aims to train more than 700 people to help meet the demand for green skills required by the construction sector, particularly for retrofitting existing buildings.
The training programme is aimed at construction workers who may be out of work or are facing the prospect of redundancy, supporting them to get back into construction with new skills and knowledge aligned with the future demands of the sector. It will run until the end of July 2022 and combines face-to-face practical sessions at CSIC’s Innovation Factory with virtual classroom-style learning.
Hepburn said: “The scale of the climate emergency is so great that it is crucial that we all work together in an efficient, organised and co-ordinated way to get the most out of the available resources. Programmes like this reassure me that much good, collaborative work is being done.”
Passivhaus certified buildings can achieve a reduction of up to 75% in space heating requirements compared to the UK’s typical new-build homes and are proven to reduce carbon consumption, lower energy costs and improve the health and wellbeing of occupiers.