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A degree aimed at producing the next generation of sustainable building managers will begin this September in what backers are saying is the first degree of its kind.

The science-based degree in sustainable construction has been unveiled by the UHI Millennium Institute (UHI), a higher education institution based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Industry professionals from across the UK will be able to study the course, which is intended to create managers and to hone the skills of existing ones.

Kenneth MacLeod, previously the subject network leader at Inverness College UHI and now in a senior role with a Highlands-based construction firm, said it was tailor-made for the modern age.

"We believe it is the only one of its kind in the UK with sustainability at its core, and it will give construction managers the knowledge to deal with important and evolving environmental issues in the design and running of modern buildings," he said.

"We've had a lot of interest in it so far; not least of all from the industry itself where there is a need for professionals able and qualified to move it forward."

Sustainability has become a key issue for companies and construction professionals, having an impact on their ethical profile as well as the bottom line in light of rising energy costs.

Article Date: 11 March 2008

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