New Funding Expands Green Building Skills Initiative

Construction Scotland Innovation Center (CSIC) is to expand its successful low-carbon apprenticeship program with the launch of a second free program focusing on sustainable building fabric and structure.

Supported by Skills Development Scotland, with over £175,000 from the National Transition Training Fund, CSIC provides valuable training for people in the construction industry looking to upskill and retrain, supporting a transition to the scale of Scotland towards a zero-carbon built environment.

Up to 500 places are available for Low Carbon Learning: Fabric and Structure, which kicks off with an online webinar on the 29thand March and will last until July. The course covers four key areas for the future of the sector.

A fabric-focused module will focus on design decisions that can help reduce energy consumption, while a carbon accounting module will highlight the need to calculate environmental data for each project. The role of sustainable insulation materials, including local alternatives, and solid wood solutions will also form an essential part of the course.

The training includes both e-learning and live demonstrations at CSIC’s innovation factory in Hamilton, home to the UK’s only commercial scale vacuum press for manufacturing laminated timber components – cross and glulam, and a pilot insulation line to test new insulation materials.

The launch of the program follows the success of the first tranche of Low Carbon Learning, which was the first publicly funded training program in Scotland in Passivhaus and EnerPHit, the globally recognized approaches to the design, construction and renovation of energy-efficient buildings.

Caitriona Jordan, Head of Retrofit Programs at CPISC, said: “Reskilling and upskilling will be a central part of the construction sector’s transition to zero carbon, and we want to help provide the knowledge and experience that workers need to help deliver the wide range of new energy efficient projects and renovations required.

“This new course focuses on the fabric and structure of buildings, including significant training in carbon accounting which, while complex, will only grow in relevance, as well as highlighting alternative local building materials. Increasing green skills across the sector will help ensure we have a future-proof and well-equipped workforce to reduce the carbon footprint of our built environment.”

Elaine Ellis, Skills Planning Manager – Construction at Skills Development Scotland, said: “The construction sector will play a vital role in our transition to a net zero economy. This program will provide practical tools and knowledge to help the construction industry improve their skills and adapt their practices to meet the needs of net-zero. We look forward to working with CSIC during the development and implementation of this program. »

Alice F. Ponder