MOBIE launches free sustainable development workshops

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MOBIE is launching free workshops in home design, sustainable development and green skills to primary and secondary schools in South and West Wales

The workshops will be offered through the Swansea Bay City Deal ‘Homes as Power Stations’ project.

The sustainable development workshops provide an opportunity for young people to consider how we can meet our future housing needs while protecting our planet.

They cover topics including:

  • What is a home
  • Climate change
  • Zero carbon homes
  • Housing innovation and technology
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Renewable energy.

The sustainable development workshops aim to introduce students to the range of roles in the sector

The workshops use practical design exercises to help students appreciate key design principles and emphasise the importance of homes and buildings in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.

They can introduce young people to the range of roles in housing, the built environment, and green industries and technologies that are needed to deliver the homes, other buildings, and communities of tomorrow.

The built environment accounts for 40% of carbon emissions

George Clarke, founder of MOBIE, said: “Home is the most important piece of architecture in our lives. It crafts the way we live, and how we grow as families and communities.

“The built environment accounts for 40% of our carbon emissions and we have around 27 million homes in the UK that need to be retrofitted by 2050 if we are to achieve our net zero obligations and avoid 1.5 degrees of warming. We must make buildings, new and old, more energy efficient for people and the planet. This requires new thinking and new skills.

“MOBIE’s workshops are a great way to introduce sustainable development – through home we can inform young people about our environmental challenges and explore design solutions that can help us live more sustainably in the future. The workshops have been well received in England and Scotland so I am really excited that they are now coming to Wales.”

The sustainable development workshops support STEAM learning and other curriculum

They help to promote awareness and understanding of the environmental and societal issues that face young people and their future lives and lifestyles, including the UN Sustainable Development Global Goals.

The workshops complement the ‘Sustainability in Action’ qualification, launched by the WJEC in April 2024, which was developed in collaboration with the office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales to support the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 and net zero jobs of the next generation of workers.

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