Sustainable Energy

The building services engineering sector has a major role to play in meeting the carbon reduction targets set by Government.

Reducing emissions, lowering energy consumption and conserving water cannot be achieved unless this sector designs, installs and maintains renewable and environmental technologies, and provides the best advice to customers.

There’s a huge challenge ahead for employers to have the right skills in place to adapt and respond to new system designs and working practices.

Green Skills Alliance

SummitSkills worked in partnership with other bodies in the built environment – Building Futures Group* and CITB-ConstructionSkills to lay firm foundations for Green Deal and other green initiatives such as ECO (Energy Company Obligation) which will improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes and businesses.

The Green Skills Alliance (GSA) focused on the training and development needs of operatives working within the built environment. The GSA has come together with the aim of developing and delivering a plan of action to provide a skilled workforce, armed with the knowledge and technical expertise required to help the green initiatives deliver on their potential.

Our shared vision is to enable those working in the built environment to take advantage of opportunities presented by the green initiatives and to help meet the predicted demand that it will generate. We are working with employers and their representative organisations and have developed a Green Deal Competency Framework – an integrated portfolio of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and qualifications to identify the standards of work and knowledge required to become an energy assessor, advisor or installer.

* The Building Futures Group closed down in 2015 and SummitSkills extended its remit to cover the footprint they had overseen. This includes among other things the development of NOS and the certification of apprentices in Energy Advice and Assessment.

Low Carbon Buildings and Homes report – free download

SummitSkills has worked with the Zero Carbon Hub to produce an easy-to-follow guide to help businesses take advantage of opportunities in the move to low and zero carbon buildings. The report – Low Carbon Buildings and Homes: Skills and Opportunities – will be a useful guide for any businesses operating in the wider built environment sector. It covers the key points of changes to the Zero Carbon Homes definition, Parts L, F and J of the Building Regulations, the Feed-In-Tariff, the Renewable Heat Incentive, the Green Deal, the Code for Sustainable Homes, the new National Planning Policy Framework and where this leaves existing local plans.

The report costs £10 in hard copy but can be downloaded for you to print on your own printer free of charge here.

Useful downloads

A Skilled Workforce for a Profitable Future – employer brochure
Securing a Skilled Workforce for Environmental Technologies – stakeholder brochure
Choosing a Supplier to Install Environmental Systems? – information for consumers

Click here to find out how environmental technologies have been used in practice by Green Directions.

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