Low Carbon Learning

Accelerating net zero in the built environment through accessible training

Retrofit 11
Retrofit 2
Retrofit 10

Started by putting Passivhaus into Practice

Low Carbon Learning initially began as Scotland’s first National Passivhaus training programme. The Passivhaus in Practice programme aimed to upskill and reskill the current work force who have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy with the ambition to increase the adoption of Passivhaus standards and secure industry a long-term, sustainable and inclusive pipeline of work.


Working in collaboration with industry partners and educational experts, Passivhaus in Practice delivered training to over 800 people, including 600 industry, 80 students, 70 educators over 2021.

Educating Scotland's workforce in Retrofit, Fabric and Structure

Following the success of the Passivhaus training, and with funding from Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Funding Council, BE-ST officially launched Low Carbon Learning on 11 November 2021 during COP26. Marking the Cities, Regions and Built Environment day of COP26, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Scottish Government minister for higher education and further education, youth employment and training, hosted the first practical workshop of a pioneering green skills programme at BE-ST.

CSIC COP26 DAY 10 Jamie Hepburn

Low Carbon Learning: Next Gen

The Low Carbon Learning programme has has now expanded its training to include 13-24 year olds. 


The up and coming sessions will cover knowledge and training in Retrofit, Passivhaus, Digital Construction and Modern Methods of Construction, whilst always considering the Fabric First approach.


It is fully funded through the Young Persons Guarantee (YPG) and supported by Scottish Funding Council (SFC).



Low Carbon Learning in numbers


individuals trained face-to-face in Passivhaus standards


individuals accredited in Passivhaus Standards


individuals trained online in retrofit/Enerphit standards


individuals trained face-to-face in retrofit/Enerphit standards


businesses engaged in the programme


jobs safeguarded


educators engaged in Passivhaus training



increase in knowledge amongst participant groups of low carbon construction standards for Passivhaus and retrofit

Learn more about the training

Passivhaus, retrofit and fabric first training funded by Scottish Funding Council, Skills Development Scotland and Young Persons Guarantee.

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, Skills Development Scotland and Young Person's Guarantee