Train4TradeSkills fulfilment partner, ATL participates in Cultural Exchange Programme with environmentally friendly agenda on focus

Imagine a house build without any heating but which has the capability to retains the heat and maintain constant temperature from 18 to 21 degrees regardless of the weather conditions. 

You might think this sounds too good to be true. However, a group of students from Train4TradeSkills’ fulfilment partner, Apprenticeship Training Limited (ATL) has not only proven this is possible, but also have learnt the practical details behind what looks like the future of the building industry.

Trade students from England gained a first-hand experience in building energy efficient houses, a feature of modern times combined with innovation in the building sector. Students spent two weeks in the Belgium town of Heusden-Zolder where they built a mock passive house with environmentally friendly materials. As students found for themselves, the secret of a successful passive house is in good insulation and triple-glazed windows, things which quite often get ignored in Britain.

Statistically, England is far behind its European counterparts in terms of building energy efficient houses. The reasons for this vary from environmental awareness to high cost and not so popular implementation of the projects.  However, countries like Belgium, Germany and Austria are investing heavily in this new venture. So far, around 20, 000 low energy houses have been built in Europe of which approximately 17.000 in Germany and Austria alone.

Teaching Co-ordinator Sara Learoyd from ATL, who accompanied students from various disciplines in the Passive House, described the project as ‘an eye opener’ for all the participants.

Sara said: “We need to look at the advantages of using environmentally friendly materials to build our houses  and the benefits they have on the environment; that is what we need to be working towards and this projects illustrates just that.”

“Solar panels are only coming in little margins in Britain in comparison with how it is in Belgium. For example, everybody has a solar panel in Belgium.” – added Sara.

Trade student from Reading Jake Ford, aged 21, took part in the programme with life-changing agenda. Jake thinks Britain should do more to help the building of environmentally houses by encouraging  people to adopt a more efficient approach in building their homes.

Jake said: “I really enjoyed the work placement when we was split into groups and had to fit installation. It has proven how far we are behind in England and how much there is to learn about the construction of passive housing.”

What is your opinion on building more passive houses in Britain? Do you think the government is doing enough to help you save money on energy bills? Share your thoughts with us below: 

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Posted on December 1, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, Green Deal, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Course, t4ts, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I agree that more ‘Passive Homes’ need to be built – for a start it has a beneficial impact on the environment, not a negative one – and who can argue against that?
    Also, these kind of homes sound like they would be MUCH cheaper to build (freeing up more money for companies to build more) and much cheaper on the resident to maintain (cheaper energy bills).

    It seems we’ve gotten too fond of over-complicating things, when we all know deep inside that it’s the simplest ideas and simplest solutions that work best. The same idea and knowledge should be applied to more things in this world – including the way we build houses.

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