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Architects’ green skills recognised

Lucy Cormack
September 8, 2011

The construction industry’s green collar skills will be recognised thanks to a new agreement between the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Australian Institute of Architects.

With the signing of a new sustainability memorandum, the two organisations have allowed architects to be recognised for any green skills education and training they undertake.

“This relationship streamlines the CPD [continuing professional development] process, making it easier for architects to gain points in both the institute and GBCA Continuing Professional Development programs,” said the institute’s CEO, David Parken.

Parken outlined the benefit of the relationship in recognising the commitment members have made to continual advance their green skills.

Unlike many other industries, the property and construction industry has an unrivalled opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and water use, while supporting the growth of new low-carbon industries.

Chief executive of the GBCA Romilly Madew said the new agreement is an indicator of where the industry is heading: “Green skills are no longer seen as an ‘add on’ but an integral requirement for people working in the built environment.

“Green jobs are the jobs of the future. sustainability skills should be embedded in all jobs in all sectors of Australia’s economy, but particularly in the property and construction industry.”

Lucy Cormack
Lucy Cormack is a 20-year-old student at the University of Technology Sydney, currently completing a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism). She has previously worked with Pedestrian TV and student publications within UTS. She is also a professional cellist and performs across Sydney when she's not writing.
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