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Green Star Awareness

Media Release - New Green Star Awareness Course

Daniel Wurm | 21 Oct 2016

March 31st 2015
Press Release - New Green Star Awareness Course Launched for Tradies
Thousands of tradies working on Green Star projects around Australia are set to receive training through a new innovative on-line course developed by the Green Building Institute.
The Green Star Awareness Course has been developed especially for trades people working on a Green Star site. It features a basic overview of the Green Star program, awareness of sustainability principles in the construction industry, recycling of construction waste, construction waste minimisation, compliance with Green Star™ requirements, and teaches tradies to look for ways to improve sustainability at the ‘boots on the ground’ level.
“This is the first time that the green building industry has engaged the tens of thousands of tradies who build and work on Green Star projects, which are often some of the largest projects under construction in Australia,” says Green Building Institute trainer Daniel Wurm, who co-ordinated the development of the course.
Course participants will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification, which means their skills are transportable, and can be recognised on any Green Star project, or on any project where sustainability is the main focus. GBI brought together some of Australia’s leading award-winning trainers and instructional designers from the building industry to create a course that makes sustainability understandable to construction workers with little or no previous knowledge of practical green building.
“This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to participate in environmentally sustainable work practices. It requires the ability to identify current resource usage in the workplace and contribute to ensuring compliance with legislative requirements, and the capacity to contribute to improvements in sustainable work practices”, says Daniel. “The course has been designed to ensure that an organisation's approach to ensuring environmentally sustainable work practices, and the benefits that they bring, are understood. It’s perfect for any large developer or builder who needs to induct their workers in sustainable work practices. By engaging the ‘boots on the ground’, builders and developers will find they get better co-operation, more practical ideas, and more engagement from their workforce.”
The new course features state-of-the-art multi-media lessons, which can be streamed directly to tradies smart-phones, tablets or PCs, even while they are on-site. GBI’s instructional designers used cutting edge video response technology and e-learning systems to create fun, engaging lessons, scenarios, and practical tasks that appeal to tradies. The course is available 24 hours a day, anytime, and anywhere there is an internet connection. Students and trainers interact face-to-face using innovative web-cam technology, and can be adapted for Google Glass.
“Education for green building should be sexy”, says Daniel. “Sustainable building practices are the fastest growing sector of the market, are the skills needed for 21st century construction sites, and use the latest cutting edge technology and materials. What could be more sexy than that?”
Contact GBI for more information: Daniel 0402 312234


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