What is Sustainable Building?
Sustainable Building is the term given to building techniques associated with environmentally responsible and resource-efficient materials. This includes everything within a building including siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. The common objective or a 'green' or 'sustainable' building is to be designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment.
These can be broken down into 4 main areas, these being energy efficiency, water efficiency, materials efficiency and waste reduction.
To reduce operating energy use, designers specify high-performance windows and
extra insulation in walls, ceilings, and floors. They also use renewable technologies in solar building design such as solar PV, solar hot water, air / ground source heat pumps etc) in order to keep power generation to a minimum, which happens to be the most expensive feature to add to a building (click here
for our renewables courses). For PPL Training's domestic energy assessing course click here City & Guilds 6361 Level 3 Certificate for Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA)
and for our non-domestic (commercial) energy assessing courses click here, City & Guilds 6361-02 Certificate for Non Domestic Energy Assessing
Reducing water consumption and protecting water quality are key objectives in sustainable building. The protection and conservation of water throughout the life of a building may be accomplished by designing for dual plumbing that recycles water in toilet flushing. Waste-water may be minimised by utilising water conserving fixtures such as ultra-low flush toilets and low-flow shower heads. The use of greywater harvesting for on-site use such as site-irrigation will reduce demands on the local water supplier and in turn vastly reduce water bills. Rainwater can also be recycled through the use of rainwater harvesting tanks that collect rainfall so it can be used for irrigation and other
Materials Efficiency...Building materials should be either be extracted or manufactured locally to the
building site to minimise the energy associated in their transportation.
Where possible, building elements should be manufactured off-site and
delivered to site,in order to reduce waste, encourage recycling, deploy better Occupational Health & Safety management, reduce noise
noise and dust.
Techniques such as greywater harvesting
from sources such as dishwashing or washing machines, can be
used for subsurface irrigation, or if treated, for non-potable
purposes such as flushing toilets and wash cars.
For a full list of sustainable building training courses from PPL Training, please click here
Sustainable Building Training Courses at PPL...
PPL Training run a wide range of sustainable building training courses that are designed to improve the environmental performance of a new build property or retrofit project. Low Carbon Refurbishment Awareness
(1 day) course.
This course will help candidates understand the different levels of environmental
performance given by various interventions that can be made during
repair and refurbishment activities. Contractors and specifiers will be
able to use sustainability principles to offer cost effective carbon
reducing improvements to their clients.Internal Wall Insulation (1 day) course
(Knauf Thermoshell IWI Installer)
The ThermoShell Internal Wall Insulation system insulates the “hard to treat” or solid external walls from the inside of the property, meaning there are improvements to the buildings thermal performance without affecting its appearance. Attendees must have passed a ACOP Gas Awareness course Internal Wall Insulation Surveyor
(Knauf ThermoShell IWI Surveyor)
This course is aimed at existing ThermoShell IWI surveyors and new entrants wishing to become an approved Knauf ThermoShell Internal Wall Insulation surveyor. All attendees must have passed a ACOPs Gas Awareness course Loft Insulation (1 day) course
This is a 1 day domestic loft installer’s course. It is aimed at anyone wishing to gain theory and practical training in the installation of domestic loft insulation. Loft insulation is one of the best ways to save money on fuel bills and reduce the carbon footprint for buildings.Rainwater & Greywater Harvesting (2 day) course.
The course offers a nationally recognised rainwater harvesting
qualification from Bpec. It covers the collection, storage and use of
rainwater for such activities as domestic washing machines, WC's and
flushing urinals.Underfloor Heating
This course has been developed by Bpec in association with the
Underfloor Heating Manufacturers Association. It is an underfloor
heating system installers course, therefore principally aimed at those
involved in the installation
of underfloor heating systems (UFH). There is a separate designers course the Bpec Underfloor Heating Design course