Sustainability specialists are concerned with environmental impacts.
- Liaising with engineers and designers to develop a sustainability plan
- Assessing the likelihood of achieving Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings
- Identifying any sustainability risks and highlighting opportunities to reduce them
- Preparing sustainability assessment reports
- Recommending strategies for improvement
- Advising on low and zero-carbon technology
- Extensive travel to visit different sites
- Overseeing meetings
- Typically, Sustainability Specialists work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm.
- It is uncommon for overnight or weekend work to apply but could in exceptional circumstances.
- Newly trained Sustainability Specialists can earn in the region of £30,000–£35,000.
- Trained with experience Sustainability Specialists can earn in the region of £35,000–£50,000.
- Senior, chartered or master Sustainability Specialists can earn in the region of £50,000–£60,000.
Qualifications & TrainingMost positions will require a BSc Honours Degree in surveying, engineering or construction in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent. For a senior position a Masters Degree in a related subject could be needed, or chartered status with a relevant body. However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered; for example, extensive experience with modelling software is particularly desirable, as is additional training in sustainability, such as an Accredited Level 5 Energy Assessor qualification.