ITCILO Green building and construction: Pathway towards inclusive growth and the creation of decent and green jobs

green building

Faced with the increased demand for affordable quality housing, many countries in Africa, Asia and South America have recognized the potential of green building and construction in terms of social, economic and environmental development. Greening the building and construction industry can lead to the creation of a significant number of green and decent jobs, while contributing to environmental sustainability and improving access to quality housing, especially for lower and middle-income population groups. But how do you start "greening" your building and construction business while remaining competitive and affordable? What "eco-system" is needed to facilitate the transition to a greener built environment? What actors do you involve? What kind of policies need to be developed? What skills set is required? What are the implications for job creation? Drawing on concrete experiences and case studies, this course will contribute to a better understanding of the conditions required for developing green building and construction at country level.

Target Audience

Government representatives in the field of building and construction (policy development and implementation, finance, TEVETA) and sustainable development (finance, training authorities, housing); private-sector business and workers' associations at all stages of the building and construction value chain. A gender-balanced participation is sought.


The overall objective of this course is to provide a conceptual framework for the promotion of more and better jobs for inclusive green growth in the building construction sector.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of green building and construction including design, green building materials and technologies, social, environmental and economic dimensions of green building and construction
  • Develop and implement policies and strategies in the area of:
    • technical and vocational training and green skills development
    • green entrepreneurship and private sector development along the value chain of green building and construction
    • occupational safety and health in green building construction
    • just transition: moving from conventional building and construction towards green building and construction
  • Identify key elements in terms of policy and regulatory frameworks such as green building codes, green finance and fiscal measures, certification,… by reviewing existing successful cases in countries at all stages of development
  • Identify and distinguish the different roles and responsibilities of government, the private sector, employers’ and workers’ organizations in working together towards a green building and construction sector that can become an engine for inclusive job rich growth

The deadline for submission of candidatures is 2 November 2018.