Developing sustainable craftsmanship is essential for energy transition

Delft, 2023 - What should professionals be able to do tomorrow? How do we keep learning in a world that is constantly changing? How do we deal with the transitions coming at us like a wave? On June 15, professionals from business, education and government met at the Green Village in Delft to collaborate with the BUS-NL network on the craftsmanship needed for a successful energy transition in the built environment. The event provided a platform to discuss the current state of the sector and to gain insight into training the future professionals in the built environment.

Learning to Surf Together on Transition Wave
"Close your eyes and relax. Think about what you want to bring and get out of this event today. Now wrap these thoughts in thought and put it away for a moment. And then reflect on how you want to engage with others today." With these words, we began the day. A day with a clear goal: connection. We are working with a lot of organizations and different perspectives on the transition. It is time to take stock, align agendas and move forward together. And the urgency is great. The built environment is changing rapidly. And this has consequences for training and retraining professionals. Transitions are coming at us like a wave; energy, materials, climate adaptation and digital. In that case, you can do two things, run away or learn to surf. And today? Today we are going to learn to surf together.

"We need to make it easy and bring it close to the people."
After getting acquainted, experiences were exchanged by writing a story together. One by one we completed a sentence to paint a common picture of our goal and the challenges we face in practice. In a short time, we need to make sure that every professional can tell everything about a building's energy measures. For this, it is essential that we do not remain stuck in the daily traditional work, but kezen for change. Awareness and action is needed, by business, consumers, teachers and officials. "We need to make it easy and bring it close to the people; for example, with the trainings in the BUS-NL App and regional learning and inspiration centers."

Moving through the Chaos
Anne-Marie Rakhorst tells us that it is very good to convey the urgency, but to do so in a positive way with the attitude that we are facing this challenge together. By letting professionals think creatively in an environment that is familiar to them, we can come up with our own solutions for the sustainability drive that is needed. We make the transition together and with a positive attitude we can go a long way. Leonie van der Steen then took us into the practice of that transition. Using the X-curve, she explained that we not only have to build new things, but also break down old patterns to create space for this. There are different roles to play in the process, but some core values are common in attitude: courage, curiosity, selflessness and love as a starting point. When you feel resistance, ask through. Because this is always the reflection of the value behind it.

And now Action!
We then engaged in five workshops to move forward and connect together. These focused on status quo analysis, skills mapping, the LLO catalyst, the ecosystem in which we work, and developing a roadmap for the coming years. Participants discussed not only the current situation, but also pressing issues, opportunities and challenges that will arise in the coming years. Exploring the future together provided valuable insights and established basic principles for a sustainable built environment. For example, a craftsman must increasingly work multifunctionally instead of monofunctionally a different skills are needed, both technical and social. This will require different training and active cooperation between the various stakeholders, and perhaps guiding laws and regulations.

Roadmap for Successfully Building Skills
The event served as input for a second co-creation event to be held later this year. During this event, participants will work together to develop a roadmap for successfully building skills for a sustainable built environment between 2023 and 2033. This roadmap will guide future efforts in the sector. By working together, sharing knowledge and developing skills, we are taking concrete steps toward a future where sustainability is central. Together, we will create a built environment that will benefit not only our present, but also future generations.

Join us and come to the next event on Oct. 5!

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