A project, co-funded by the European Commission within the context of a larger European Programme, to transfer knowledge from the UK to five EU countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and Romania) concludes at the end of September. The project has focused on whole life management of sustainable construction – taking consideration of a project from its inception, through its design, construction and eventual disposal.

For the purposes of the project, a train the trainer model was developed, with the material being split into three modules offering trainees an increasing level of knowledge. Each module has the underlying philosophy that sustainability must take full account of the whole life cycle of a project as well as the three dimensions – the environmental, the social and the economic.

To ensure longevity of the programme, 24 trainers were trained across the partners; the country specific training has resulted in more than 500 trainees. These trainees showed a demonstrable improvement in their knowledge of a sustainable built environment, averaging an almost 50% increase in their knowledge.

During its course the project has been in contact with 27 organisations for purposes of promotion and future exploitation. As part of the strategy to ensure the project’s continued sustainability, agreements have been reached with associates, such as the Architects’ Association of Genoa, who will use the results of the project.

The lead partner was University of Dundee spin-out company, Whole Life Consultants Limited. Professor Malcolm Horner, Chairman of WLC Ltd, said “The Whole Life Management of Sustainable Construction Project has been an overwhelming success in transferring knowledge of the subject to trainers and trainees in the partner countries. The impact on such a large number of trainees will benefit the construction industry in each of the partner countries”.

The materials developed from the project will continue to be available through the partners and more information can be found on the project website: http://whole-life-construction.eu/.

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Website: www.whole-life-construction.eu
Tel Doug Forbes on: 01382 224304
Email: doug.forbes@wlcuk.com