Categories: Sustainability Strategies, Processes and Tools
The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) says the property industry needs ongoing education to deliver required sustainability outcomes.
ASBEC is calling for a COAG-endorsed ‘Education for Life National Action Plan’.
Carolyn Hughes, ASBEC Skills and Education Task Group chair and Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating education manager, says there needs to be a nationally coordinated approach to ensure professional development, education and training keeps pace with increased regulatory requirements and the growing market demand for sustainable practices.
According to ASBEC, the plan should cover:
Culture of continuing professional development to adapt to changing skills requirements
Strategies to address existing sustainability skills deficits
Lower risk levels for investors
Recognition of appropriate industry professional standards
Higher levels of community understanding
Nicholas Burt, Facility Management Association of Australia CEO, says education should span a career.
“Industry practitioners at all levels need to continually update their skills and knowledge to meet the nation’s environmental, social and economic challenges…Both formal qualifications and experience play an essential role in ensuring effective built environment performance,” Burt says.