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MOBIE Launches Free Workshops in Sustainable Home Design for Schools in South and West Wales.

Last week, the Ministry of Building and Innovation (MOBIE) proudly announced the launch of a series of free workshops focusing on home design, sustainable development, and green skills.


These workshops, designed for primary and secondary schools in South and West Wales, are a significant initiative under the Swansea Bay City Deal, ‘Homes as Power Stations’ (HAPS) project, led by Neath Port Talbot Council. 

Generously supported by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme Charitable Foundation (MCS Foundation), the workshops aim to educate and inspire the next generation of designers and builders to create homes that are both environmentally friendly and innovative.

The workshops offer a unique opportunity for young minds to explore the intersection of housing needs and environmental sustainability. Through practical exercises and engaging activities, students will gain insights into key design principles and the crucial role homes play in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.

Jeremy Hurley, Neath Port Talbot Councillor and Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Economic Growth, expressed his enthusiasm for the workshops: 

"As Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Economic Growth, I'm excited to support MOBIE's initiative in bringing free workshops on sustainable home design to our schools. These workshops align perfectly with our goals of fostering a greener, more sustainable future for Neath Port Talbot. By empowering our young people with the knowledge and skills to create environmentally friendly homes, we're not only addressing climate change but also driving economic growth through innovation."

George Clarke, Founder and Trustee of MOBIE, emphasized the importance of instilling sustainable development practices early on, stating, “Home is the most important piece of architecture in our lives. It crafts the way we live and how we grow as families and communities. The built environment accounts for 40% of our carbon emissions, and we must make buildings, new and old, more energy-efficient for people and the planet."

These workshops have already received acclaim in England and Scotland, and MOBIE is thrilled to extend their reach to Wales. 

Aligned with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths) learning objectives, these workshops promote awareness and understanding of environmental and societal issues among young learners. Topics covered include climate change, zero-carbon homes, housing innovation and technology, sustainable building materials, and renewable energy. Participants will develop essential skills in teamwork, design, communication, and presentation.

MOBIE invites schools in Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, and Swansea to participate in these enriching workshops and join the movement towards a more sustainable future.

For more information and workshop registration, please contact:

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