Leading Green Building Summer School Returns for 2022 – FE News


#COP26 saw many world leaders put sustainability at the top of their priority lists going forward, bolstered by deadlines set to ensure there was action and not just talk.

Housing, construction and urban planning all fell under this commitment to sustainability and it is now becoming essential for the next generation of workers in the built environment sector to have the right knowledge of green building and sustainability.

For graduates in architecture, building services and construction, the transition to green solutions is an opportunity to be agents of change and to continue their career development.

To meet this need, the famous international summer school program Green.Building.Solutions. (GBS) provides built environment students and professionals with in-depth expertise in sustainable planning and building techniques, in an intensive 3-week format.

Organized online for two years due to the global pandemic, the program – run by OeADstudent Housing in Vienna – returns to the city in person from July 16 to August 7, 2022.

Bookings are underway for the Summer School, which is conducted in English throughout the program.

Günther Jedliczka, CEO of student accommodation OeAD, said:

“GBS gives participants the opportunity to differentiate themselves through a unique professional development path: learning new and innovative solutions for sustainability.

“Last year’s digital format allowed 46 students from 30 countries and 10 time zones to build valuable professional relationships and develop great new skills.

“The opportunity to collaborate in person this year will only amplify the skills learned and allow participants to collaborate with like-minded people from a variety of backgrounds and countries, all bringing a fresh perspective on sustainability.”

Now in his 12and year, GBS deals with the ecological, economic, technical and social aspects of sustainable planning and construction, transferring Austria’s first-hand ecological knowledge and engineering expertise to an international audience.

Participants can expand their knowledge in areas such as passive house technology and energy efficiency, learning from academic experts in climate change and passive housing.

Student accommodation OeAD – part of the Austrian National Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research – operates GBS under a non-profit agreement.

Registration is open until June 30, 2022. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 4and2022.

GBS will also be exhibiting at Futurebuild (formerly Ecobuild) under the Advantage Austria banner at stand H20, showcasing its pioneering energy-efficient and eco-friendly passive houses it operates for students across Austria.

For the past 16 years, Futurebuild has focused on sustainability and is now pioneering the transition to net zero. The event takes place from March 1-3, 2022, at the ExCel in London.

Visitors to the OeAD stand at Futurebuild can also find out more about GBS.

In addition to GBS, OeAD Student Accommodation also runs the Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) Summer School which, like GBS, will take place in person in Vienna from July 18 to August 5, 2022.

The GBS Summer School takes place every year in Vienna, Austria.

In 2019, a total of 51 participants from 29 nations took part. Due to Covid-19, in 2021 GBS moved to a digital platform and attracted 46 students from 30 countries.

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