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About BUILD UP Skills

BUILD UP Skills is a strategic initiative initiated by the European Commission in 2011 under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme. It has since then been supported through open calls for proposals under Horizon 2020 and currently under the LIFE Clean Energy Transition programme. It is currently managed by the EU Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency.


The primary aim of the initiative has been to increase the number of trained and qualified building professionals across Europe to deliver building renovations offering high-energy performance as well as new nearly zero-energy buildings.



Main steps:

  • The first calls for proposals took place in 2011 and 2012 and allowed to fund projects across 30 countries, with a focus on on-site workers and craftspeople. Each project team brought together key national stakeholders from the energy, education & training and building sector. Together they formed a National Qualification Platform. The platforms mapped the existing workforce and qualification programs, identified future needs and analysed which gaps and barriers must be overcome in order to train the workforce and reach the EU 2020 energy targets. Results were bundled in National Status Quo reports. The platforms then formulated measures to overcome gaps and barriers in coordination with national key stakeholders. This document was referred to as the National Roadmap.  As a follow up, new calls for proposals were launched in 2012, 2013 and 2014, with a total of 22 projects funded. This second phase aimed to turn the National Roadmaps into action by designing new qualification and training schemes and/or upgrade existing ones, based on the roadmaps developed in the first phase. More information can be found here.
  • Under the Horizon 2020 programme (Energy Efficiency calls), the scope of the initiative has been expanded to also support the development of large-scale multi-country qualification and training schemes and also address ‘white collar’ professions (engineers, architects, building managers, etc). Project funded under the 2019-2020 calls have been focussing on boosting the demand for skilled professionals through, e.g., mutual recognition of skills and qualifications, skills-based procurement, awareness raising campaigns etc. A total of 25 projects have been funded through Horizon 2020.
  • From 2021 onwards, the support to the initiative continues under LIFE Clean Energy Transition. A topic under the LIFE 2021 CET call is supporting the rebooting of the national platforms and roadmaps that were drafted in the first phase of the initiative.

The EU financial contribution to the BUILD UP Skills initiative since 2011 amounts to €49 million.



For a compilation of recently finalised projects, please click here.

List of projects funded under Horizon 2020:




Partner countries

BUStoB: BUILD UP Skills to Business

March 2015 – August 2018


ingREeS: Setting up Qualification and Continuing Education and Training Scheme for Middle and Senior Level Professionals on Energy Efficiency and Use of Renewable Energy Sources in Buildings

March 2015 – February 2018

Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria

MEnS, Meeting of Energy Professional Skills

March 2015 – August 2017

Italy, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Republic of North Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Romania, Spain, UK

PROF-TRAC, PROFessional multi-disciplinary TRAining and Continuing development in skills for NZEB principle

March 2015 – February 2018

Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy

Train-to-NZEB, The Building Knowledge Hubs

June 2015 -  November 2018

Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine

Fit-to-NZEB, Innovative training schemes for retrofitting to nZEB-levels

June 2017 - June 2019

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Greece, Austria

Net-UBIEP, Network for Using BIM to Increase the Energy Performance

July 2017 - January 2020

Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Lithuania, Croatia, Netherlands, Estonia

BIMEET, BIM-based EU -wide Standardised Qualification Framework for achieving Energy Efficiency Training

September 2017 – February 2020

Luxembourg, France, UK, Greece, Finland

BIMplement, Towards a learning building sector by setting up a large-scale and flexible qualification methodology integrating technical, cross-craft and BIM related skills and competence


September 2017 – August 2020


France, Netherlands, Spain, Lithuania, Poland

NEWCOM, New competence for building professionals and blue-collar workers – certified qualification schemes to upgrade the qualification for building nZEBs

September 2017 - November 2020

Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia, Hungary

BIMcert, Construction skills, Energy efficiency, Regulating supply chains, Tackling climate change

March 2018 – January 2020


UK, Ireland, Portugal, Croatia, Republic of North Macedonia

CEN-CE,  CEN standard Certified Experts, EU-wide qualification and training scheme based on EPBD mandated CEN standards

June 2018 – November 2020

France, Slovakia, Croatia, Belgium, Italy

TRAINEE, TowaRd market-based skills for sustAINable Energy Efficient construction

May 2018 - October 2020

Republic of North Macedonia

CraftEdu, Setting up national qualification and training scheme for craftsmen in the Czech Republic and developing the further offer of training courses in Slovakia, Austria and Bulgaria

June 2018 – November 2021

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Bulgaria

Construye2020+, A new boost for green jobs, growth and sustainability

June 2018 – December 2021



Protect Traditional Build Heritage Skills

February 2019 – January 2022

Austria, UK, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain



Heat pumps skills for NZEB construction


September 2020 - February 2023

Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Italy

The nZEB Roadshow


June 2020 – May 2023

Croatia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria


Establishing future-oriented training and qualification quality standards for fostering a broad uptake of sustainable energy skills in the European construction sector


May 2020 – October 2022

Hungary, Germany, Italy, Spain, France


Evidence-based market and policy instruments Implementation across EU to increase the demand for eNergy Skills across conSTRUCTion sector value chain


June 2020 – November 2022

Poland, France, Luxembourg, Finland, UK, Italy, Bulgaria


Dedicated to stimulate demand for sustainable energy skills in the construction sector


September 2020 -  February 2023

Netherlands, Slovenia, France, Bulgaria, Spain, Ireland, Austria


Sustainable EnErgy Skills in construction: Visible, Validated, Valuable

1 June 2021 - 31 May 2024

North Macedonia, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Netherlands

NZEB Ready

Enhancing Market Readiness for nZEB Implementation


1 September 2021 - 31 August 2024

Romania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Poland, Croatia




Inspiring demand for sustainable energy skills, by providing clear learning interactions, transparency of upskilling transactions and recognition of qualifications achieved


1 September 2021 - 29 February 2024

UK, Ireland, North Macedonia, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Portugal


Stimulate demand for sustainable energy skills with circularity as a driver and multifunctional green use of roofs, façades and interior elements as focus


1 September 2021 - 29 February 2024

Netherlands, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland