CSIC partners with AECB to help accelerate Scotland's journey to Net Zero

The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) has partnered with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) to launch the CarbonLite™ Retrofit (CLR) course in Scotland, helping to accelerate delivery of CSIC’s Low Carbon Learning Programme and providing skills for the future.

The AECB CarbonLite Retrofit course istheUK’s leading course for advancednetzero carbon retrofit training, aimed at construction professionals and contractorsfamiliar with the challenges of repair, maintenance and improvement of existing buildings. 


CSIC is offering 20 fully funded (free) places for the accelerated CarbonLite Retrofit course - which commences on Tuesday 15th March and completes at the end of July - supported by the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Government, through the National Transition Training Fund. 


Caitriona Jordan, head of retrofit programmes at CSICsaid: “Skills will be an absolutely critical part of helping the construction sector as well as the UK and Scottish economies move towards a zero carbon future. We want to help construction workers develop their knowledge and expertise of the gold standard for energy efficient homes, and the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit course assists in gaining a deeper insight into the fields of retrofit and sustainable building standards.  


“More people in the sector with knowledge of these types of buildings and the skills necessary to deliver solutions will help energy efficiency become mainstream. It will also ensure we have a workforce fit for the future and could contribute to creating new jobs in the construction supply chain while addressing societal issues such as fuel poverty.” 


The course aligns with the emphasis on addressing both energy efficiency and good quality building fabric, recognised in the Scottish Government’s ‘Heat in Buildings Strategy – achieving net zero emissions in Scotland’s buildings’, launched in October 2021.  


Trish Andrews, AECB CarbonLite training manager said: “The AECB is delighted to work in partnership with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s Low Carbon Learning Programme. The AECB is building educational partnerships that work effectively to put the built environment and retrofit skills at the heart of addressing the climate change agenda. We offer industry-leading low carbon retrofit training to the construction sector to meet net zero carbon goals. The AECB CarbonLite™ Retrofit course addresses the energy crisis we are facing right now.” 


Registration for the free places is open now via: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/245dbd0620f645419b1d318405b540cb with places allocated on a first-come/first-served basis, closing on Thursday 10th March.


Students on the course will have access to the AECB Knowledgebase, webinars, links to national and international reading material and networking opportunities.They will also gain access to the Low Energy Buildings Database (LEBD) that includes150 retrofit case studies and, on completion, will join the growing community of UK CarbonLite Graduates.