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The new Horizon 2020 FIT-TO-NZEB project develops innovative training schemes for deep energy retrofit in Eastern and Southern Europe



Undoubtedly, it is a hard decision to invest your family’s savings in renovating your home – instead of, let’s say, buying a new car or going for your dream vacation. With all the hassle and uncertainties related to the retrofitting works, there’s always a reason to leave the long-needed intervention for next spring… or later. And when the time finally comes, the problems are never far behind. Unfortunately, not all renovation works are of the quality we hope and pray for, and there’s a good reason for that – in general, professionals rarely have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to deliver a quality renovation project: one that not only saves energy, but increases your comfort, brings clean air inside, improves your health, and at the end - makes you happy and satisfied, with your money well spent.


As a matter of fact, we, as a society, will continue to invest heavily in building renovation. We all know that lower energy consumption in our buildings will help us fight energy poverty, create new employment opportunities, keep the money in our cities, change the urban landscape and increase the security of energy supplies. The most significant energy saving potential throughout Europe is in the renovation of existing buildings – so, then, why don’t we try to get better value for the money we spend? Better value, in this case, comes with qualified professionals able to implement quality renovation projects using the most efficient materials, components and technologies available on the market. It also means better understanding of the benefits of deep energy retrofit by both investors and occupants: the process in which optimal energy savings lead to financial, health and comfort benefits for all of us.


This is precisely the goal of the new FIT-TO-NZEB project: it aims to increase the competence and skills of the building professionals in the field of deep energy retrofit in the participating countries - Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia, Ireland and Greece - through unique educational programmes, which will contribute to both the quality and the scale of the deep energy building renovations. The project will produce all necessary requisites for the introduction of educational content on deep energy retrofit in the curricula at all levels of the vocational training and education system - universities, professional high schools and colleges, vocational training centers. It will employ the training and communication infrastructure of its predecessor Train-to-NZEB (www.train-to-, which already operates 5 training centers in Eastern and Southern Europe, and also the strong connections to the other Horizon 2020 projects and in particular the iBroad project where shared partnerships already result in active exchange and collaboration.


Within this framework, Fit-to-NZEB sets itself 3 very simple, but extremely ambitious goals:

(1) to increase the demand for training on energy efficiency in buildings and particularly on deep energy retrofit;

(2) to increase the number of qualified workers and specialists along the whole construction chain;


(3) to accelerate the energy renovation of the existing building stock and to raise the quality of the renovated buildings.

And with the help from our friends and colleagues, we promise to fight for them with the best of our knowledge and skills, pushing forward the energy transition of Europe.


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Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect – Bulgaria (coordinator), 

University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy – Sofia, Bulgaria,

SEVEn, the Energy Efficiency Center – Prague, Czech Republic,

Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic,

Association Cluster for Promoting Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (Pro-nZEB), Romania,

Technical College for Architecture and Public Works, Bucharest, Romania,

Passive House Academy / MosArt Landscape Architecure Research, Ireland;

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Construction Engineering, Croatia

Zero Energy and Passivhaus Institute for Research (ZEPHIR), Italy,

Hellenic Passive House Institute, Greece,

Technical University – Vienna, Austria,



15 June 2017 – 15 June 2019



European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme operated by the European Agency for Small and Medium Enterprizes (EASME)



Dragomir Tzanev |Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect | Tel.: +359 882 493 110 | Email:



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