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Construction skills: Equipping building professionals with new skills to achieve European energy targets

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Through its BUILD UP Skills initiative, the EU aims to equip the next generation of construction sector workers – from on-site workers to design professionals and senior management – with the skills and knowledge needed to ensure building and renovation projects meet stringent energy-efficiency requirements.

The EU launched the BUILD UP Skills initiative in 2011 to answer to the lack of adequate construction skills which hampers the developmennt of NZEBs and effective renovations. This initiative aimed to increase the number of qualified trade professionals by developing national qualification platforms and roadmaps, and providing training in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings. The scope of the initiative has been expanded to other building professionals under Horizon 2020, with projects developing multi-country qualification and training schemes.


CORDIS Results Pack focuses on 11 EU-funded projects based across Europe that have driven forward the BUILD UP Skills initiative.


The BUStoB project has been working in the Netherlands to provide construction workers with the training they need to meet the challenges posed by new energy-efficiency regulations. The Train-to-NZEB project has established world-class energy efficiency facilities and innovative teaching programmes in five Central and Eastern European countries. This work continues under the Fit-to-nZEB project that extended the network of training centres to Croatia, Greece and Italy, where the focus is on energy-efficient building renovation. Meanwhile, the ingREeS project, based in Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, addressed the skill and knowledge needs of middle- and senior-level construction professionals.


Then we have the PROF-TRAC and MEnS projects that worked closely together to provide accredited train-the-trainers programmes, training materials and a centralised platform to allow for the development of the skills that professionals need to create and operate more energy-efficient buildings. Of the six new projects added to this updated edition of the Pack, several of them, such as the BIMplement, BIMcert, BIMEET and Net-UBIEP projects, have been training building professionals on how to use and implement building information modelling (BIM). Finally, the newly featured CEN-CE project has developed a qualification and training scheme for heating and air conditioning professionals to ensure they comply with new CEN standards on the energy performance of buildings published in 2017.


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