Train-the-Trainer: Building Indigenous Capacity for Energy Efficiency
The Fraser Basin Council and Richard Hall are delivering Train-the-Trainer: Building Indigenous Capacity for Energy Efficiency, a project in partnership with the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
This project aims to build skills and knowledge in energy-efficient building construction within Indigenous communities by training a peer group of eight Indigenous building experts and 12 student trainees, representing four regions in BC (Northern BC, Central Coast, Southern BC and BC Interior BC). The student trainees include Indigenous youth who have beginner-level knowledge of building trades and construction.
The training series includes four online training sessions and a three-day in-person course in Vancouver, instructed by BCIT, AHMA, Sustainable Projects Group and Richard Hall.
After completing the training, the eight building expert trainers will help teach "Energy Efficiency 101" workshops in eight First Nations communities (two workshops in each of the four regions) to help introduce energy-efficient practices for maintaining homes and resident behaviours.
The project objectives are to:
Recordings of the training sessions will be added to this web page the day after the session is delivered. Watch the videos below — or download the videos to watch later.
Session 1 Video: House as a System | June 25, 2021
Session 2: Introduction to Zero Energy Buildings | July 16 (NEW!)
Session 3: Resilient and Affordable Building Design | Scheduled for August 6
Session 4: Building Condition Assessments | Scheduled for August 27
Richard Hall of Nuxalk Nation has 35 years of experience in indigenous housing as a Red Seal carpenter / builder, a capital project and housing manager, a housing consultant and building inspector. He is now designing affordable, sustainable and energy-efficient homes that complement the climates of British Columbia's west coast and that suit the cultural lifestyles of First Peoples.
If this project is of interest to you and the community you support, please contact Tom Welfare at the Fraser Basin Council:
Thanks to the Train-the-Trainer project funders: Clean BC, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, BC Hydro, Fortis BC, BC Housing and the Real Estate Foundation of BC.