Now is the time to get sustainable!

Posted on by melanie

We expect our buildings to be tested, certified and badged to prove they are ‘sustainable’, but what about the people who design, build and manage the buildings? With the new academic year dawning, and with the first hints of growth in the construction sector, now is the perfect time to think about topping up your CPD. 

Its exam results season and the annual scrabble for university and college places is well under way. In years gone by this was also the season when busy Londoners were keenly anticipating the publication of Floodlight, the bible of self-improvement courses across the Greater London area. It was a chance to try out Tai Chi, have a go at brickwork for beginners, or begin an A-level or City & Guilds course – and if you were really lucky, your employer would pay!

These days professionals lack the once-a-year course-fest that Floodlight used to bring because we take our self-improvement as continuous/continuing professional development (CPD). True, CPD is on the annual review tick-list of most line managers and is an ongoing requirement for members of professional bodies such as RIBA, CIBSE and RICS. But when time is precious and training funds are squeezed, its tempting to focus CPD activities on headline topics such as changes to the Building Regulations, or learning new software updates. Melanie Thompson of Get Sust! puts forward some ideas of what, where and how to swot up on sustainability, and how to convince your HR department that it’s worth it. Read the full article on the NBS Sustainability hub …

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