New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering (NMITE) will again open its doors to built environment professionals for its Timber Technology Engineering Design 1 (TED1) course, which starts on September 18.

Delivered in partnership with Timber Development UK (TDUK) and Edinburgh Napier University, those interested can apply to join the September cohort here:

The TED courses are led by assistant professor Steve Bertasso, who recently joined NMITE from across the pond and will also teach on NMITE’s BSc (Hons) Sustainable Built Environment.

Prof Bertasso graduated from Brigham Young University with a BSc in Engineering, bringing a wealth of experience to the classroom. Throughout his 25 years in the industry, he focused on process improvement, strategy implementation, research, development, and training. His resumé includes project management, purchasing, quantity surveying, and managerial experience in all aspects of the built environment with companies large and small across many markets and regions.

“I’m proud to say that the TED courses run to date saw a diverse set of professionals completing them due to the mix of learning styles across visual, auditory, practical hands-on and portfolio content curation,” said Prof Bertasso. “Ensuring our courses are inclusive is something we champion at NMITE.

“I started work in the built environment when most work was completed by hands-on work sites. Advancements in technology and process improvements open the industry to a diverse and inclusive workforce. This change helps retain talent with diminishing physical abilities and employs new talent with different perspectives and talents. Our industry has historically not been the most inclusive environment, but that’s starting to change, and it’s a change for the better.”

The TED1 course explores how to improve construction productivity using off-site manufacturing techniques with renewable natural capital rather than the carbon-intensive material of concrete and steel, which accelerate the climate crisis. Participants explore ways to develop design work and construction that increases productivity and reduces the opportunities for error and re-work.

As part of the course, participants attend on-campus residentials at NMITE in Hereford, within the Centre for Advanced Timber Technology (CATT). This is a purpose built 2,500m2 “Living Lab” hybrid structure which demonstrates advanced timber technologies and acts as an exemplar in the region, aspiring to net zero carbon targets.

Those who have completed the TED course have come away feeling con­dent in their understanding of sustainable building and the use of timber as a building material. They have been keen to take that knowledge back to their workplace.