Why Do We Need Low Carbon Building Skills?

In addition to the environmental benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our built environment the industry is shifting to meet a new reality. 

The economy, our codes, and investor expectations are changing fast. Current investments from government and industry will expand Canada’s green building economy with projections of $150B and 1.5 million jobs by 2030.  

That means the building sector needs more professionals who are ready to go with the right skills and knowledge as the demands for low carbon buildings and retrofits becomes greater and greater. 

The way we worked in the past is not the way of future

The Low Carbon Training Program will give you the edge you need to secure your place in this new low carbon economy. Sign-up today! 

Canada’s Net Zero Goals

Like many countries, Canada has set targets for reducing carbon emissions.  
Achieving net-zero by 2050 will require roughly $21 billion per year of investments in retrofits of existing real estate across Canada, including approximately 345 million square feet of commercial property between now and 2040. 

Gaps in Industry Knowledge and Effective Collaboration

Whether you’re building new, high-performing buildings or retrofitting existing buildings, zero carbon buildings require a unique set of skills.

Workers in this sector need a combination of technical skills and a retooling of soft skills, such as collaboration, communication, and cooperation among project teams.

Zero carbon buildings require a deeper understanding of design, construction and operations impact on carbon emissions. 

No matter your professional background, you’ll gain foundational knowledge to keep up with growing industry and project needs and be part of the shift to low carbon. 

Changing Regulations

Building codes and regulations are evolving to require higher energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions. 

The 2025 update to National Building Code will include carbon limits and the Canadian Government is already implementing its Buy Clean approach to procurement which includes reducing the embodied carbon of the structural materials of major construction projects by 30 per cent, starting in 2025. Municipalities across the country are also rolling out more rigorous green standards to limit carbon emissions from buildings. 

All the more reason to get to know the basics before they fully become the norm. 

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Market Demand

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Low carbon is in high demand. Over the last few years, the transition towards low-carbon real estate assets and portfolios is gaining more and more momentum.

There is an increasing focus and pressure from investors and asset owners across the country to meet ESG criteria to mitigate financial risks due to carbon pricing, climate change, and increasing extreme weather events. 

As Canada’s largest asset portfolio owner and manager, the Government is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, with government-owned and leased real estate. This would mean decarbonizing 32,000 buildings. 

In addition, major Canadian organizations have already committed to providing $3.6B in financing for energy efficiency and low carbon upgrades of  large buildings. 

More Jobs and Better Projects 

Current investments and prioritization of green, low-carbon buildings from government and industry, are expected to create a significant boost to Canada’s green building sector – up to 1.5 million jobs by 2030, almost 3x the amount of what we see today.  

This involves career advancement and new job opportunities across the building sector including in construction, architecture, engineering, and real estate development and asset management. 

Cost Savings 

Low carbon building solutions require a high level of collaboration compared to conventional building projects. The industry however is currently working in silos, causing cost inefficiencies, delays, and impacting the effectiveness of low carbon solutions. 

This is what makes the Low Carbon Training Program so valuable. The Low Carbon Training Program is designed to equip professions across the building sector with a common language and understanding about low carbon strategies and solutions. Companies who upskill their employees with this knowledge will have a critical competitive advantage in the market. 

The future of low carbon training starts today.

There is no doubt that low carbon training is a critical part of the future for everyone involved in the building sector. Those with the knowledge and the skills will have the competitive edge – an edge that starts with the free Low Carbon Training Program. 

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