Research conducted by CareerStructure.com has found that 78 per cent of professionals believe that a greater focus on sustainability within the built environment could help to boost overall industry growth.
It also showed that 84 per cent feel qualifications in sustainability improve employability and almost two-thirds (60 per cent) have already sought out and gained sustainability qualifications, with a further 86 per cent wanting to acquire a qualification within their field.
With the new Energy Bill moving through Parliament and the Green Deal gathering momentum, sustainable energy and energy efficiency has moved into the public spotlight.
Uptake on these measures is expected to increase in the coming months and businesses that invest now could be in a prime position to generate profit from “green investment”, said the study.
Providing this trend is backed by government action to loosen red tape and help unlock private sector funding, the signs look incredibly positive to boosting growth in the building industry, it added.
NAPIT director of standards David Cowburn said: “This positive attitude within the industry towards sustainable solutions is a tremendous opportunity to generate some much needed growth in the building industry. Sustainable measures are becoming a more viable option for many people, especially with the government’s new Green Deal initiative and ECO programme. Therefore, a move towards sustainability can only be a positive thing.”