National centre for green building expertise goes live

Published:  19 December, 2011

STOKE-ON-TRENT: Thousands of UK construction trainees are set to benefit from a new national centre for sustainable building skills launched in Stoke-on-Trent.

CoRE, the Centre for Refurbishment Excellence, was officially opened by Andrew Stunell MP, Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Built at a cost of £11.4 million, CoRE will take trainees from across the UK.

Mr Stunnell said that CoRE would help to provide the skilled craftspeople necessary to transform the UK’s housing stock in line with higher energy efficiency standards. "Over three-quarters of the buildings that will be standing in 2050 have already been built – so it is vital that we find ways to reduce carbon emissions from all types of existing buildings, and for every type of budget, or the country risks losing its battle against climate change.”

"That’s why this Government has wasted no time taking practical steps to pave the way for tenants and homeowners to retrofit their homes through Green Deal, and for businesses to provide the upgrades.

"But with the clock ticking towards the launch of the Green Deal, it is now essential that businesses have all the necessary skills to carry out green upgrades on existing homes.

"I’m delighted to be opening the new national centre for green building expertise – the new skills hub will become an international centre of excellence for providing the right skills to retrofit homes, helping to create jobs and putting Britain centre stage of the multi-billion pound transition to a low-carbon future."

CoRE will open to students at the start of January 2012. The centre has been built in a partnership between the internationally renowned Building Research Establishment (BRE), Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Stoke on Trent College. E.ON, a leading UK energy company has supported the project as a founding sponsor.

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