2011 - April 2011

European Passive House training pays off for young managers – 12/04/11


Two trainee managers from Henry Boot Construction’s Eastern Division have just returned from Belgium as part of an education programme aimed at sharing expertise in Passive House construction.

Jack Duncan and Jason Elsdon spent two weeks learning about sustainable construction, initially creating a small-scale version of the Passive House in the workshop, then heading out onto the site for some more hands-on experience.

Two more trainees are heading out this week to take part in the scheme, which is run jointly by Business & Education South Yorkshire and Les Compagnons de Devoir.

It brings together ten major eco-building suppliers and aims to build participants’ knowledge of environmentally sustainable housing construction, with particular focus on the ‘Passive House’ system, where the buildings heat and cool themselves.

“It was great to see how the construction culture differs between Europe and the UK, particularly in terms of environmental, quality and health and safety procedures.
“Building a small scale passive house gave me a real focus of the importance zero tolerance and the procedures it took to make it 100% air tight – this improved knowledge will help me when I’m on site in future.
“I’m grateful that Henry Boot Construction gave me the opportunity not just to learn from other companies, but from other cultures as well.”

Jack Duncan, Trainee Manager

For more information contact:

Steve Allen
Business Development Manager