Sustainable Construction

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In the United Kingdom, the ‘built environment’ –  meaning constructing homes, offices and factories and then living and working in them – is responsible for almost half of the country’s carbon emissions, half of water consumption and a third of landfill waste. So, giving ‘green skills’ to the men and women who design, build, renovate and manage these buildings can go a long way towards cutting emissions, reducing waste and combating climate change. This is the vision of the SusCon (Sustainable Construction) project run by North West Kent College. SusCon has left the ‘discipline-based’ training approach behind – where architects, engineers, surveyors and planners learn and work in isolation – and has designed new education curricula that integrate learning across disciplines and take sustainability as a core competence rather than a ‘bolt on’ extra.