1500 participants completed the International Digital Diploma Course “Energy-Efficient Building and Adaptive Comfort”

SDC designed the diploma course as part of the CEELA Project, in conjunction with the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The course gave over 120 hours of training from experts from over 20 universities and companies with recognised experience such as ETH Zürich, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, National University of Singapore, Princeton University, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Worldwide, the construction sector is considered to be one of the main sources of environmental pollution. According to reports, the construction sector is responsible for at least 40 per cent of energy consumption and GHG emissions of a city. This alarming amount can be higher or lower, depending on the size of the city, but it is constantly growing.

SDC’s CEELA Project responded to this panorama by setting up the EBP, Efizity and Carbon Trust consortium in coordination with stakeholders from the public and private sectors and academia in four countries in the region. It developed the “International Digital Diploma Course “Energy-Efficient Building and Adaptive Comfort” to promote responsibility in the sector, and the opportunity to mitigate climate change, especially in one of the regions most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The diploma course began in February this year and ended on 4 June, with the following results:

  • +6000 participants have registered for the IDD (architects, engineers and public sector actors).
  • +1500 participants completed the IDD (see IDD Closing Ceremony).
  • 5 participants qualified to participate in Leadership Course for Sustainable Buildings in Latin America (CLESAL), which starts on 29 August in Colombia (selected by UNAM and the Javeriana University of Colombia).
  • +65,000 participants in the different public events of the diploma course.
  • +10,000 downloads of the CEELA project video on local and traditional materials

The CEELA Project, through these training programs, promotes a sustainable construction sector in the region. The International Digital Diploma precedes the CLESAL; organized in partnership with the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Colombia to promote collaborative work spaces, exchange of experiences and knowledge of the region in sustainable construction projects.

The course is organized for a quota of 30 students from different Latin American countries, five of which qualified through the International Digital Diploma course.

A transformative experience to build sustainable buildings

The four CLESAL 2022 themes that shape the course programme are: i) Adaptive comfort, ii) energy efficiency, iii) carbon neutrality and iv) integrated design. It is a unique experience that seeks, in addition to the exchange of knowledge, to produce opportunities for collaboration in sustainable construction projects, following the 15 design and construction principles of the CEELA project.

Learn more about CLESAL in this link.

Resources (spanish)
Video Closing ceremony
Video Inter-module 2: Ecology and Politics
Video CEELA: Experience in foot-stamped adobe walls – Barichara (Colombia)
Library CEELA: Model buildings

Useful links
Brochure CEELA Project (spanish)
Web CEELA Project
Facebook CEELA Project
LinkedIn CEELA Project
Fact sheet CEELA Project



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