Highly knowledgeable and engaged professionals throughout the built environment are essential to UK-GBC’s mission of market transformation. It is imperative that the sector gears up for change, and that people are equipped with the skills, knowledge and behaviour required to deliver a sustainable built environment.
Training and education are widely accepted as a necessary facilitator for change to occur. It is therefore imperative that the built environment sector gears up for this change, and equips industry with the skills, knowledge and behaviour required to deliver a sustainable built environment.
This includes not only skills in the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector, but also those needed to help all businesses use natural resources efficiently and sustainably and to be resilient to climate change.
Through our diverse education programme we aim to build the capacity of professionals in the built environment sector in the following ways:
• Encourage leadership on green issues • Enhance knowledge about sustainability across the board • Facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration • Help organisations future-proof their business • Foster a perspective based around systems-thinking
Understanding industry needs
The ongoing development of our education programme is informed by our close links with industry and their evolving requirements for training and education.
The programme was launched in 2009 after industry wide research confirmed a clear demand for UK-GBC to enter this marketplace. The initial courses were launched as a result of our first educational task group.
In 2011 a second phase of research was conducted to take a fresh look at industry and assess the potential to expand the programme. The findings confirmed a clear demand for high quality, accredited, multi-disciplinary sustainability training at every professional level. Through this research and work of a second industry task group, the Green Building Series was conceived and developed.
The findings from both phases of research can be found below: