The European Union aims to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The Green Deal strategy, which aims to halt environmental degradation, calls for appropriate measures at many levels: from legislative changes to initatives in specific sectors. A particularly important sector is the construction industry which provides 18 million direct jobs and contributes to about 9% of the EU’s GDP. By making the sector more competitive, resource efficient and sustainable it will significantly contribute to green transformations and to achieving the EU targets.

The task of the INSTRUCT project is to introduce changes in the requirements for construction workers and to prove the close link between energy skills and the energy performance as well as the effect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the INSTRUCT also supports legislative changes, thanks to which energy skills will need to be confirmed by certificates, desired by investors.

The top-down and bottom-up activities in the INSTRUCT project are intended to eliminate the existing shortage of construction skills and thus to create buildings that are 100% energy efficient.



Save the date 29th Sept, 15.30 for ‘Sustainable energy skills in the construction sector 2.0’ joint workshop!

INSTRUCT together with 9 sister projects (BUS League, HP4ALL, TRAIN4SUSTAIN, Pro-Heritage, nZEB Roadshow, ARISE, CraftEdu, BIMzeED, SEETheSkills) will conduct the workshop during the Sustainable Places 2021 conference at the end of September.

This 90-minute virtual workshop joins together several EU projects to expose their approach (and/or results) and discuss potential synergies to stimulate future public and private investments in energy-based habitat renovation. The specific focus is to accelerate the training and certification of craftsmen in the construction and fitters’ industries and allow these sectors to fully embrace innovative technologies, products, and systems in the energy for buildings field. The objectives is to respond to the challenges of keeping pace with innovation and be more productive and collaborative thanks to appropriate training and skills building, that will be further instrumental in new services to asset owners and operators, and to eventually lead towards more resilient, high-quality, user-friendly and age-friendly living environments.

Join us on 29th September at 15.30!

If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so on the SP2021 website right now!

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INSTRUCT on 1ères Assises Azuréennes de la Transition Énergétique

On July 8th 2021, our Consortium Partner R2M Solution contributed to the 1st French Riviera Energy Transition Forum (“1ères Assises Azuréennes de la Transition Energétique”) which was organised in Nice (France) at the Allianz Riviera stadium.

This new event organised by the ‘Energy cluster’ of the French Riviera Chamber of Commerce was aiming at stimulating networking and business opportunities between local industrial stakeholders and public authorities committed to the development of innovations to tackle energy transition challenges.

The French branch of R2M Solution, headquartered on the Côte d’Azur in Roquefort-les-Pins, contributed to the event by exhibiting cutting-edge innovations from its portfolio of EU R&I projects including INSTRUCT. The R2M French team also participated in one-to-one business meetings to further present these innovations with interested local stakeholders and discuss potential future partnerships.

If you want to know more about the event, visit the website HERE.

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Webinar 27th May, 13.00 | Sustainable Energy Skills in the construction sector



‘Sustainable Energy Skills in the construction sector’ is a series of webinars devoted to energy efficiency area from different perspectives. It is organized jointly by 7 EU founded projects: BIMEET, BUSLeague, INSTRUCT, HP4ALL, The nZEB Roadshow, CraftEdu and TRAIN4SUSTAIN. The collaboration was established to raise awarness about a deep need for sustainable energy skills in the construction sector. The webinar is an opportunity to share their knowledge, experiences and research outcomes with the audience from European countries. They are going to share our experiences on the following topics:





Co-creation and use of the BUILD UP Skills advisor-app (BUSLeague)


The in IEE BUS_N@W conceived BUILD UP Skills advisor-app was further extended in H2020 BUStoB, PROF/TRAC, NEWCOM, BIMplement and is used now in H2020 BUSLeague and TripleA-reno. This app includes an upskilling repository, a number of micro-learnings, a connector to e-learning, a unit of learning outcomes database and functionality to issue digital skillcards.


Best practice initiatives designed to increase skills in the Heat Pump sector (HP4All)


HP4All is focused on capacity and skills development within the Heat Pump sector to ensure that the energy efficiency gains afforded by heat pumps are realised. HP4All, following a holistic, systemic point of view, will work both with the supply side (manufacturers, SMEs, installers, etc) and demand-side (building owners, public sector, etc.). This way, the project will enhance, develop and promote the skills required for high quality, optimised Heat Pump (HP) installations within residential/non-residential buildings.

This presentation will outline the activities that are anticipated for 3 pilot regions, each with a focus on a different sector of the heat pump market. The activities are intended to support market and skills development and will have relevance for other regions and other technologies.


Development of mobile equipment for on-site training and demonstration: the “MUZA” project in Croatia (The nZEB Roadshow)


With the goal to promote market demand for nearly zero-energy buildings, the nZEB Roadshow H2020 project will organize multiple large-scale events in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Romania, featuring product exhibitions, job fairs, training courses, live demonstrations, games for children and many more. The focal points of the events will be specifically designed mobile training and demonstration units built with utmost care and attention to detail, as the first of them – the Croatian “MUZA” project – is already in operation.


CraftEdu’s e-learning platform: an operational approach to continuous upskilling and mutual recognition of competences for construction workers in Central Europe (CraftEdu)


The CraftEdu project has developed full training documentation for acquiring nZEB-related competencies on 8 professions, already fully applied in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and successfully piloted in Austria and Bulgaria. The training activities are facilitated by a recently launched e-learning platform, which is already offering an advanced learning experiences for trainees in the 4 partner countries.


The correlation between training and energy efficiency, community learning approach – the energy BIM platform (INSTRUCT)


The aim of the presentation is to deliver industry and academic evidence that corroborates and reinforces the correlation between (a) skills and education, and (b) energy performance and quality. This involves:

  • A review to collect, organize and synthesize available evidence from authoritative sources across Europe and beyond.
  • Feedback from a series of consultations with key stakeholders, including BUILD UP Skills initiative key representatives across Europe with a view of reinforcing the gathered evidence with further cases drawn from industry and practice.

Methods and best practices utilized to evaluate, report on the competence of building professionals in the TRAIN4SUSTAIN project (TRAIN4SUSTAIN)


TRAIN4SUSTAIN Competence Quality Standard (CQS) allows the evaluation, scoring and reporting the level of competence of professionals, workers with regards to specific Areas of Expertise related to sustainability at building and urban scale.

The TRAIN4SUSTAIN CQS has been structured in modules and hierarchic levels, reflecting the structure of the most relevant sustainability certification systems at building and urban scale and in relation to the recent Level(s) framework of core sustainability indicators issued by the European Commission in October 2020.

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12th BUILD UP Skills European exchange meeting – all presentations in one place!

The 12th edition of the BUILD UP Skills European exchange meeting with INSTRUCT project representatives onboard, organized on December, 10th 2020, gathered together participants from EU-funded projects addressing the upskilling of building professionals. These European exchange meetings have been held since the early days of the BUILD UP Skills initiative, which began in 2011. They aim to create a forum for exchange on common challenges and good practices in an effort to advance the skills agenda in the field of energy-efficient buildings.

We had the chance to present INSTRUCT project’s objectives, strategy and current progress of our work (Day 2 – Group 1B).

All presentations from that day (the second day of the event) you can find here.

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Energy Skills in the construction sector – cooperation with sister-projects

INSTRUCT project as the chair of Sustainable Places 2020 workshop: „Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction Sector” established a group of seven EU founded projects to raise awarness about a deep need for sustainable energy skills in the consctruction sector. We are going to share our knowledge, experiences and research outcomes with the audience from European countries via online communication tools like webinars, newsletters, social media channels and scientific articles.

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The BIMEET project aimed to leverage the take-up of ICT and BIM through a significant upgrade of the skills and capacities of the EU construction workforce. This Coordination and Support Action project was built around a strong consortium relying on educational and research expertise, the robust experience of accrediting and labeling bodies, the training supply chain, and a wide engagement of industry-led best practices (already committed in an EU-wide expert panel). For more information, you can visit our website.


BUSLeague is dedicated to stimulate demand for sustainable energy skills in the construction sector.
BUSLeague focusses on a blend of four elements: mutual recognition of energy skills, awareness raising, capacity building and legislative changes.
For more information, you can visit our website.

HP4ALL (Heat Pumps for ALL), is a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project that will enhance, develop and promote the skills required for high quality, optimised Heat Pump (HP) installations within residential/non-residential buildings, bringing Europe to the forefront of the climatization sector. To achieve the goals, the project will develop the HP4All package, a set of different tools and resources to be used by the different related stakeholders. The package includes an HP Competency Framework to facilitate common HP Skills and, from an end-user perspective, an HP Knowledge Hub will be created to provide guidance and support. For more information, you can visit our website. 


INSTRUCT aims to act at a market level by providing an operational framework and set of services serving to increase the number of skilled building professionals and construction workers along the value chain, raising awareness of stakeholders in the construction value chain— including producers and retailers, home and building owners, and tenants about environmental challenges and the benefits of sustainable energy skills—and paving the way for legislative changes that overall will stimulate the demand for energy skills. For more information, you can visit our website.

The PRO-Heritage project aims to offer continuous education for professionals and craftsmen working in cultural heritage. It provides traditional competencies and skills for built heritage, based on best practice examples gathered by partner organisations. Additionally, PRO-Heritage will support the exchange of competencies and expertise across Europe by establishing a structure for the mobility of these professionals in Europe. For more information, you can visit our website.

TRAIN4SUSTAIN aims to stimulate the demand for skilled construction sector professionals (architects, contractors-SMEs and workers) through raising acceptance of regional and national qualifications and skills on the EU construction market. For more information, you can visit our website.

The nZEB Roadshow is Horizon 2020 project stimulating the demand for skilled workers by promoting market demand for quality nearly zero-energy buildings. In support of this goal, it will organize no less than 25 events in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Romania, featuring product exhibitions, job fairs, training courses, live demonstrations, games for children  and lots of fun! For more information, you can visit our website.

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Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction – new joint article

The European Construction sector faces unprecedented challenges to achieve ambitious energy efficiency objectives, that can be met only if successful training initiatives and supporting policy instruments are put in place, acting as a springboard to stimulate the demand for energy efficiency skills… 

Read the whole article about how each project plans to increase the demand for sustainable energy skills in the construction sector. It presents different approaches to achieve expected results and a wide range of tools for policy makers, scientific community, producers, contractors, retailers, blue-collar workers and investors.

The article was published in Open Access MDPI Proceedings after “Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction Sector” workshop on Sustainable Places 2020. This joint publication is a result of cooperation between six Horizon 2020 projects which attended the above mentioned workshop: INSTRUCT, BIMEET, The nZEB Roadshow, TRAIN4SUSTAIN, HP4All and BUSLeague.  

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Don't decrease the goal. Increase the effort!

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