Retrofit training course aims to accelerate Scotland’s net zero journey

THE Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) has announced it has consolidated its collaboration with the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) as project partners launching the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit (CLR) course in Scotland.

The course is designed to help accelerate delivery of the CSIC Low Carbon Learning Programme launched during the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. The aim is to provide Scotland with the low carbon skills for the future.

The AECB CarbonLite Retrofit (CLR) course provides advanced net zero carbon retrofit training aimed at construction professionals and contractors familiar with the challenges of repair, maintenance and improvement of existing buildings.

Caitriona Jordan, head of retrofit programmes at CSIC, said, “Skills will be an absolutely critical part of helping the construction sector as well as the UK and Scottish economies move towards a net zero future. We want to help construction workers develop their knowledge and expertise of the gold standard for energy efficient homes, and the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit (CLR) course assists in gaining a deeper insight into the fields of retrofit and sustainable building standards.

“More people in the sector with knowledge of these types of building and the skills necessary to deliver solutions will help energy efficiency become mainstream. It will also help ensure we have a workforce fit for the future and could contribute to creating new jobs in the construction supply chain while addressing societal issues such as fuel poverty.”

Trish Andrews, AECB CarbonLite training manager, added, “The AECB is delighted to work in partnership with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s Low Carbon Learning Programme. The AECB is building educational partnerships that work effectively to put the built environment and retrofit skills at the heart of addressing the climate change agenda.”

The CSIC is launching the course on Tuesday 15th March and running a competition offering 20 fully funded places on an accelerated e-learning AECB CarbonLite Retrofit (CLR) course over the coming months. Funding is courtesy of the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Government, through the National Transition Fund.