Canada Green Building Council says building industry lacks zero-carbon skills, knowledge

Net-zero target requires shift in thinking and practices.

May 18, 2020 |

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A new study by Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) shows that the building industry has more work ahead of it to ensure professionals have access to the skills and knowledge required to deliver zero-carbon buildings at scale.

“Transitioning to zero carbon buildings offers significant emissions reductions, but it also requires a shift in thinking and practice across the building sector,” said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of CaGBC, in a news release. “Skilled job training is a critical element in shifting the industry toward a knowledgeable and prepared application of zero carbon building practices which will make a positive impact on Canada’s climate goals.”

Canada aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels, and intends to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The building sector will play a crucial role in meeting these targets.

To address the need for zero-carbon workforce upskilling, CaGBC encourages education and training providers, as well as accreditation and professional bodies to:

· Ensure education and training curricula to address zero-carbon building competencies

· Support upskilling by establishing common terminology for courses and by investing in self-assessment tools

· Drive enhanced professional credentialing requirements

· Invest in, develop, and support multiple delivery methods and formats

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