UCEM and the Climate Framework launch free, online, short course to help built environment professionals be more sustainable

Posted on: 1 November, 2021

Built environment professionals can now sign up to a free, online, short CPD course to learn how to be more sustainable in their profession.

The ‘Energy and Carbon in the Built Environment’ course – created by UCEM in collaboration with the Climate Framework – explores how net zero carbon can be achieved through optimised building design, sustainable material selections, and efficient construction.

It takes an estimated 25 hours to complete the course, which can be started and completed at your convenience and at your own pace. The course comprises an introduction and five topics, namely: carbon in buildings, passive design, active design, sequestration and offsetting, and energy and carbon assessments.

Aled WilliamsAled Williams, UCEM Executive Director – Innovation and Partnerships, comments: “I am delighted to see the launch of this free course which aims to equip those working in the built environment with knowledge and skills on reducing carbon emissions which they can implement in their respective workplaces.

“The built environment is responsible for around 38% of all energy-related carbon emissions so, clearly, there is a lot of work to for the sector to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. This course is a good starting point for anyone wondering what they can do to make a difference.

“The beauty of this course is that anyone working in the sector, at any level, can benefit from the resources included, working at a pace which suits them. It aligns with my support for the Construction Industry Council’s Climate Action Plan and Construction Leadership Council’s Industry Skills Plan.

“A lot of hard work has gone into the course, and I truly hope that many people benefit from it as we all try to protect the planet for the good of ourselves and future generations.”

As well as the use of current research, data and case studies, there are interviews with industry experts to inform your learning. Assessment is in the form of quizzes with various interactive elements helping to immerse you in the content.

To find out more about the course, head to our ‘Energy and Carbon in the Built Environment’ webpage.