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CAGBC launches free low carbon training

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) is launching a free Low Carbon Training Program in partnership with industry associations to help the building sector take advantage of opportunities and investments.

The Low Carbon Training Program, the first of its kind in Canada, will give professionals working in architecture, engineering, construction and commercial real estate, including building owners and operators, a common language and understanding of low-carbon strategies and solutions.

“The needs of the building sector are changing quickly, increasing demand for skills in low carbon construction and retrofits. The industry can no longer afford the status quo where these skills are not integral and required,” says Thomas Mueller, CAGBC president and CEO. “The Low Carbon Training Program is designed to improve collaboration among leading industry associations and increase reach into the industry to effectively build knowledge and skills for low-carbon solutions. Companies who upskill their employees will have a competitive advantage in the market.”

Partially funded by the Government of Canada and provided to the industry at no cost, the Low Carbon Training Program was developed by CAGBC in partnership with the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), Climate Risk Institute (CRI), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the Real Property Association of Canada (REALPAC) in consultation with leaders in the Canadian building sector.

The comprehensive curriculum encompasses the fundamental principles of low-carbon building that can be applied to new construction and building retrofits.

Customized to meet the needs of specific professionals in the sector, a variety of different courses within the Low Carbon Training Program cover topics including the business case for low-carbon building and retrofits and how carbon is being considered and measured by evolving codes and regulations during the life cycle of a building, from planning and design to construction and building maintenance and operation.

Courses in the Low Carbon Training Program will begin to roll out in October and will be available for free through to March 31, 2024, and do not require any previous training in sustainability.

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