The “Train-to-NZEB: The Building Knowledge Hubs (BKH)” project, funded by Horizon 2020 Programme of the EC, aims to support and provide up-to-date training equipment for a set of training and consultation centers with the goal to improve the knowledge and skills in the construction sector and to provide practical trainings, demonstrations and comprehensive consulting services for design and construction of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) supported by RES. The new centers will thus form an international network, providing opportunities for trainings on the curricula developed under the European BUILD UP Skills initiative and by project partners, as well as continuous opportunities for exchange, updating and improving of the existing training programmes. The modern training facilities will enable the conduction of practical exercises in addition to the theoretical programmes already available in the focus countries. The project itself aims to reach a significant number of construction professionals in Central and Eastern Europe who have not been able to directly benefit from the BUILD UP Skills Initiative.
The Train-to-NZEB aims to transfer the knowledge and experience of leading research and training institutions from Germany (Passive House Institute) and Ireland (MosArt and Limerick Institute of Technology) to 5 European countries – Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Ukraine. The consortium is lead by Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect (Bulgaria) and includes also the Bulgarian Construction Chamber and BSYS (Bulgaria), the National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development (INCERC), Business Development Group and Pre-University Education Foundation – Future (Romania); SEVEn (Czech Republic), Deparment of Civil Engineering at Ege University (Turkey), and Municipal Development Institute (Ukraine). In addition, the project team will try to attract new members in the BKH’s network, with the goal to stimulate knowledge sharing and to continuously improve the training programmes and schemes.
The main tasks of the project include design and equipment of 4 fully active training centers (in Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and the Czech Republic) and 1 pilot center (in Ukraine); the adaptation of existing and the development of new curricula for building professionals; the conducting of training sessions for a total of 90 trainers, 2,400 construction workers, 480 designers and 720 non-specialists with decision-making authority (representatives of public authorities, business managers, NGOs, consumer groups, media, etc.). All of these, combined with the provision of consulting services based on the "One-stop shop" principle, is expected to increase the interest and capacity for design and construction of NZEBs supported by RES in the focus countries and to stimulate the market demand for such solutions for both new buildings and building renovations. These activities will be supported by an online distance learning platform and a smartphone app, which would be developed either separately or in cooperation with existing tools and services.