RCE Denmark - 2019

Vocational training in wood as an element of sustainable construction methods

Location

Denmark
DK
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Vocational training in wood as an element of sustainable construction methods
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Denmark
Contributing organization(s) : 
NEXT-education copenhagen
David Rangan
Anna Anthoni
Hunton
Dansk Træfiber Isolering A/S
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
davidrangan@gmail.com
Organizational Affiliation: 
davidrangan@gmail.com
Format of project: 
PowerPoint
Language of project: 
English
Date of submission:
Friday, May 31, 2019
Additional resources: 
The link links to the students' logbook of the project.
The logbook is an expression of the students' knowledge sharing, innovation about sustainable construction
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At what level is the policy operating?: 
International
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Europe
Country: 
Denmark
Location(s): 
Copenhagen
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Next-education copenhagen
Rebslagervej 11
2200 Copenhagen N
Ecosystem(s):
Level of Education for intended audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Denmark is a region with a good economy and a well-functioning tax system and social welfare system
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
The project works within world goals 4.7, which deals with Education in sustainable development. In the teaching process, students learn skills and competences within world goals 15. life on land, 13. climate change, 11. sustainable cities and communities.
Contents
Status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
January, 2019 to June, 2019
Rationale: 
In 2015, global carbon emissions from the construction industry were 33%. This makes the building industry the largest single carbon emission source. This means that a change in our building methods could have enormous potential in stopping the negative climate change taking place. In the Northern European region we have a good and solid tradition of sustainable forestry. When building with wood as a building material, carbon can be stored in the building. This means that there is great potential in developing knowledge and teaching in building methods that use wood as a building material. 1 cubic meter of conventional building material emits 1.2 to 1.5 tons of carbon in production. 1 cubic meter of wood as building material stores 0.7 to 1 ton of carbon. so the potential is of considerable size.
Objectives: 
The teaching program takes place in the intersection of craft education and upper secondary education. In this way, the students are both future craftsmen and at the same time have the opportunity to study further to become engineer and architects. The aim of the program is to give these students the opportunity to learn sustainable building methods as well as a fundamental knowledge of sustainable development in general. They are taught both theoretically through project-oriented innovative teaching courses, but also learn hands'on building skills within the subject.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
The teaching project is an expression of the collaboration between RCE-Denmark and NEXT-education Copenhagen. The teaching is developed and is carried out in the collaboration between an engineer and a carpenter with knowledge from the RCE network.
The course extends over a whole semester of half a year.
The students are introduced to the UN Sustainability Concept, Human-Based Innovative Methods, and Life Cycle Assessment. at the same time, they receive vocational training in the field of woodworking.
They are best at designing and building a small house that meets the need for sustainable building methods. In the project, they have both a collective responsibility for keeping the building's building meters together as a whole, but also an individual responsibility for the individual student's produced building element to fulfill its aesthetic, constructive and environmental functional requirements.
Each student submits a connection with the project a 15 pages Report in the subject technology where they reflect on the project.
Size of academic audience: 
20
Results: 
The project has not yet been completed, so it is difficult to calculate a final result. It can nevertheless be said that everyone except one has built a building element for sustainable building methods and everyone is writing their report.
Lessons learned: 
Immediately, it seems that most students experience a useful learning process through interdisciplinary project-oriented work. Nevertheless, it is important to mention that some students find it unmanageable and difficult to relate to. This can be partly met by the teachers in a thorough preparation that requires such a project to be repeated with an intermediate reflection and preparation time.
It is also recommended that interdisciplinary work between several teachers has a structured joint preparation time, as this is an important factor.
Key messages: 
In 2015, global carbon emissions from the construction industry were 33%. This makes the building industry the largest single carbon emission source. This means that a change in our building methods could have enormous potential in stopping the negative climate change taking place. In the Northern European region we have a good and solid tradition of sustainable forestry. When building with wood as a building material, carbon can be stored in the building. This means that there is great potential in developing knowledge and teaching in building methods that use wood as a building material. 1 cubic meter of conventional building material emits 1.2 to 1.5 tons of carbon in production. 1 cubic meter of wood as building material stores 0.7 to 1 ton of carbon. so the potential is of considerable size.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
The project relates to RCE-Denmark's participation in the "Going to Wood" project as well as a project on "World Goal Certification" of schools. Both projects are Chora 2020 projects that RCE-Denmark supports in terms of knowledge. The project also relates to other collaborative projects with NEXT education copenhagen and private building material manufacturers such as Hunton and Danish wood fiber insulation. The project also relates to RCE-Youth- Denmark
Funding: 
The project is planned in a way that is framed by the state's normal funing for the teaching process.

Pictures:

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Image icon pic 1.jpg (2.59 MB) working on house Students from the projekt
Image icon pic2.jpg (2.83 MB) working on house Student from projekt
References and reference materials: 
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Direct
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Direct
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Direct
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Direct
Theme
Curriculum Development 
Indirect
Forests/Trees 
Direct
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Direct
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
Direct