Buildings represent over one third of the total GHG emissions and energy use, on average, in Canada and internationally. They are a critical area for the introduction of measures to reduce carbon emissions and energy use.
Addressing climate change opens the door to developing a revitalized building industry characterized by a highly skilled, thermally literate workforce that utilizes its knowledge and skills to achieve an important social objective. Successful implementation of low carbon construction requires up-skilling the workforce combined with a major reorganization of the labour process. Thus, the overall aim of the Built Environment Working Group is to research the labour and labour process implications of transitioning to low carbon, energy efficient infrastructure and living spaces.