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Green construction training program to fill green building gap

On Thursday, March 19, Light House Sustainable Building Centre will be launching a Green Construction Training Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley, B.C.


“Construction workers hold the key to successful implementation of green building features” said Helen Goodland, Light House’s executive director. “There is considerable pent up demand for practical, on the ground, solutions for B.C. construction workers.”


Designed for construction supervisors, site superintendents, and site safety officers, this two-day training will prepare contractors to better understand the green building process.


“This course is intended to provide just the right level of knowledge about green building in a way that builders want to receive it,” continues Goodland. “It will also give them confidence that green building is not difficult, onerous, or necessarily expensive.”


Once completing the course, trainees will adopt the title Green Construction Site Coordinator. They ensure that green site operations are managed safely and efficiency, and possess the ability to train all trades about green building practices as they arrive on site. This training will ensure a consistent communication of a green building project’s goals and requirements, as well as help contractors understand the differences between a ‘green’ building site and a regular construction site.


Need for the program was established through Light House’s economic development market research. Findings emphasized that contractors are critical to delivering green on the ground, and had been left out of much of the training and capacity building previously available. Funding, provided by Western Economic Diversification and the Real Estate Foundation, allowed Light House to research the feasibility and develop the program.


The program was designed in partnership with the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, the City of Surrey, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.


This program runs hand in hand with Light House’s Green Building Documentation Program for decision makers and project managers which will help builders navigate the necessary paper work demanded of green building projects. Additional courses at more locations will be held throughout the year.   

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