Sustainable Development of the Built Environment
Sustainable development is a fundamental pillar for the socio-economic welfare of Egypt. However, the rapid growth of the country limits the resources required to meet its national demands, particularly in the building sector. The building industry is considered the largest resource-consuming sector that has direct impact on Egypt’s economic stability and growth. Unfortunately, professional training and education in sustainable development in Egypt is currently limited; compared to the rapid progress and significant awareness worldwide. Moreover, there is significant lack of training programmes and curricula that coordinate between stakeholders; researchers, academics and practitioners that embed holistic sustainable development at all scales of the built environment; buildings, neighbourhoods, cities and regions.
The significance of the BC-SDBE institutional link project is to bridge the gap between the rapidly developing advancements in research and training on sustainable development globally, the demanding professional development required in Egypt’s construction labour market, and the national plans for the country’s economic development. The aim of the BC-SDBE project is to build capacity in education, research, innovation, and exploitation of state-of-the art sustainable development strategies from a holistic sustainable development approach as an influential initiative to meet socio-economic demands in Egypt.
The training and educational programmes, developed and facilitated by BC-SDBE project, will focus on bespoke mechanisms for sustainable design, planning and performance of buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities. The programmes will also provide appropriate training to participants emphasising a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects of the built environment. The outcomes of this holistic capacity-building approach will raise awareness, educate and train diverse target groups on cutting-edge strategies and best practice of integrating sustainable development strategies in the built environment. BC-SDBE project outputs will also form the foundation for blended training programmes to be offered as hands-on training sessions and online teaching and learning. BC-SDBE will facilitate job opportunities for the benefit of vulnerable groups involved by the bottom-up, building blocks methodology of the project.