Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has launched a new initiative to train construction sector professionals in Passivhaus standards
Working with a range of Passivhaus experts, CSIC is offering funded training opportunities to boost skills in Passivhaus systems and meet the demand for a more sustainable built environment.
Supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Passivhaus in Practice aims to promote the wider adoption of environmentally friendly construction to help reduce the sector’s carbon footprint, in line with Scotland’s national net-zero emissions targets.
Passivhaus certified buildings can achieve a reduction of up to 75% in space heating requirements compared to the UK’s typical new-build homes and are proven to reduce carbon consumption, lower energy costs and improve the health and wellbeing of occupiers.
The initiative is designed to provide up to 500 participants with the foundations for formal accreditation and will include a mix of online, augmented reality (AR) and hands-on training modules delivered at CSIC’s Innovation Factory near Hamilton.
Exploring Passivhaus design
Learners will explore the pillars of Passivhaus design, including thermal bridging, airtightness, and ventilation and discuss the wider environmental, societal and industry benefits of the standard.
Training is aimed at construction workers who may be out of work or facing the prospect of redundancy, supporting them to get back into the industry with new skills and knowledge aligned with the future demands of the sector.
‘Skills and workforce’ is one of the areas of focus in the Scottish Construction Industry Recovery Plan with actions centred around addressing skills gaps and creating opportunities for upskilling that align with green recovery plans.