OTTAWA — The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released a study showing the building industry still has work to do to ensure professionals have access to the skills and knowledge to deliver zero carbon buildings.
In Accelerating to Zero: Upskilling for Engineers, Architects and Renewable Energy Specialists, the CaGBC aims to establish an industry baseline of skills and knowledge among professionals, and evaluate available training and education to better understand what opportunities and barriers exist for upskilling around key zero carbon competencies, stated a May 5 release. The study highlights key considerations for education and training providers, accreditation and professional bodies, and policy decision-makers, the statement noted.
First, the educators must ensure education and training is relevant and accessible. Curricula should address zero carbon building competencies and support upskilling by establishing common terminology for courses and by investing in self-assessment tools, the release added.
As well, stakeholders should show leadership through government-wide learning and address the gap for in-person learning with targeted incentives.