Learn how construction impacts climate change and about sustainable construction practices to reduce it.
This fifteen-hour course provides learners with essential climate knowledge and skills for construction trades. It covers basic climate science, regional impacts, construction’s role and strategies for climate-friendly construction. Students become familiar with a “systems approach” for reducing climate impacts and supporting net-zero carbon residential and commercial construction. Graduates of this course can explain climate change science as it relates to the construction industry, as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies that offer construction-related solutions to climate change.
The buildings, infrastructure, and transportation represent the largest sources of carbon emissions in the Canadian economy. At the same time, these systems are increasingly impacted by extreme climate events. Climate Literacy for Construction Trades provides a climate science foundation to support the trades workforce with the knowledge to inform decisions in the day-to-day application of their relevant skills in view of long-term climate trends. Over a million Canadians work in construction trades. Transitioning Canada’s economy begins with creating awareness among the workforce that is literally ‘building’ Canada’s low-carbon economy.