EU-level forum partners

The EU-level forum aims at building up an EU-level forum for competence accreditation bodies for EE skills, comprising relevant associations that are responsible for the development of qualifications and certification schemes in the INSTRUCT member countries.

Interested to join the forum or to connect with one of its members? Then contact our INSTRUCT partner R2M Solution (Mohaddeseh Maktabifard –

Figure 1 Structure of INSTRUCT EU-level forum

1. FISE Qualification of Professionals in Building, HVAC and Real Estate Sector in Finland (FISE)

  • Website:
  • Description: National-level accreditation body – FISE’s certification services provide support for the maintenance of professional skills in the entire industry and reinforce the culture of continuous learning in the construction industry. It consists of 81 certification designations.
  • Types of skills/qualification or certification schemes/labeling types: Qualification schemes/Certification schemes for educational organisations and training programs. The designation groups: Designers, site managers, construction project managers, supervisors and building investigators. Services include: certification for the following groups of construction project managers, general construction project manager (rap), senior general construction project manager (raps), designer of building physics, designer of concrete structures, material technical repair and alteration work, designer of concrete structures, designer of repair works to moisture damaged structures, principal designer, designer of fire safety, designer of timber structures, building designer, designer of steel structures
  • Country: Finland

2. Ecolabelling Finland

  •  Website:
  • Description: Ecolabelling assures that the renovation projects are carried out with strict environmental requirements, good quality assurance and with regard to a good indoor environment.
  • Types of skills/qualification or certification schemes/labelling types: The Nordic Swan Ecolabel creates sustainable solutions based on a life cycle assessment and an overall goal to reduce the environmental impact from production and consumption of goods. Tough requirements in all phases of a products life cycle and continuously tightening of these requirements to create a sustainable development is the foundation of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, and what distinguishes the label from other labels – as well as being an official, independent and 3rd party certification.
  • Country: Finland

3. The renewable energy institute – Galileo Master Certificate (GMC)

  • Website:
  • Description: The GMC exam has been administered globally since 1975, and is awarded to 5000 professionals each year, across 300 global training courses, in collaboration with 21 leading universities.
  • Types of skills/qualification or certification schemes/labeling types: GMC is awarded to professionals working for Siemens, Energy Saving Trust, British Gas, Nokia, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Solar Power Scotland, British Army, United Nations Development Programme, NATO, Ministry of Defence; as well as professionals, government officials and students worldwide
  • Country: UK

4. DB ENERGY – White Certificates

  • Website:
  • Description: DB Energy is a leading company in the energy efficiency improvement sector which provides complex consulting and manages investment projects for large- and medium-scale industrial plants.
  • Types of skills/qualification or certification schemes/labeling types: Certification on the areas of: Cooling systems modernisation, replacing the traditional lighting with LED technology, installation of systems for energy recovery, thermal efficiency improvement and technological processes automation.
  • Country: Poland

5. National Agency for Vocational Education and Training (NAVET)

  • Website:
  • Description: State institutions responsible for maintaining the State Educational Standards and accreditation of vocational training centers
  • Types of skills/qualification or certification schemes/labeling types: NAVET develops the State Educational Standards by professions that define and consist of professional knowledge, skills and competencies. It also licenses and conducts the follow-up control of the Vocational training centers (for persons over 16 years of age) and of the Centers for information and vocational guidance. NAVET’s other services include: Study of European experience and good practices in the field of VET and adaptation of good practices at national level – EQF/ NQF, ECVET, EQAVET, validation of professional knowledge, skills and competencies acquired through non-formal and informal learning./ NAVET assists in the international recognition of VET documents.
  • Country: Bulgaria
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Give your opinion on the energy renovation of your home!

We all jumped into the energy-saving challenge! In our research project, we invite you to give your opinion on the energy renovation of your home. Would you like to fill out the 3-minutes survey to make a contribution to the research?

In the frame of INSTRUCT project, we would like to invite you to share your opinion on the quality of the energy-efficiency renovations that have been made in your building. This questionnaire is addressed exclusively to house owners who have carried out an energy-efficiency renovation in their homes. It also raises questions about workers’ competencies in a very simple way.

The survey is conducted in 6 European countries to collect feedback from different regions and identify the added value of skilled professionals to buildings and homeowners.



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Join us at ‘Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction Sector Workshop 3.0’ on 9th September during SP2022!

The European construction sector is one of the areas with the highest potential when it comes to reducing annual energy consumption. Facing many challenges to achieve ambitious energy efficiency objectives, this sector aims to go forward by applying successful training initiatives and supporting policy instruments.

For this reason, the creation of BUILD UP Skills, an EU Initiative to improve the qualification and skills of Europe’s building workers, acted as a springboard to stimulate the demand for energy efficiency skills. Furthermore, focusing on the continuing education of craftsmen and other on-site building workers, this initiative is home to most of the projects presented during the Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction sector workshops 1.0 and 2.0. 

This workshop is a continuation of two previous Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction Sector Workshop at SP2020 and SP2021. The objective of this workshop is to share expertise, lessons learned, and developed methodologies on energy efficiency skills competencies, and qualifications across the building design, operation, and maintenance value chain.

All specialists from the construction sector interested in the topic of energy efficiency are welcome to join us in person or online during

Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction Sector Workshop 3.0

9th September at 9 a.m.


Participating projects: INSTRUCTBUSLeagueTRAIN4SUSTAINPRO-HeritageARISESEEtheSkillsBusGoCircularThe nZEB Roadshow and nZEB Ready

Participating European Commission representative: Luca Angelino, Project Adviser, EASME

Session Chair: Mohaddeseh Maktabifard (R2M Solution)


09.00 – 09.15Welcome statement
European Commission, EASME
09.15 – 09.30Workshop overview
Mohaddeseh Maktabifard
09.30 – 09.45PRO-Heritage (GA ID: 785211) – End date: 31 Jul. 2022
Gerald Wagenhofer
09.45 – 10.00TRAIN4SUSTAIN (GA ID: 894514) – End date: 31 Oct. 2022
Uli Jakob
10.00 – 10.15INSTRUCT (GA ID: 894756) – End date: 30 Nov. 2022
Lukasz Wilczynski
10.15 – 10.30BUSLeague (GA ID: 892894) – End date: 28 Feb. 2023
Jan Cromwijk
10.30 – 10.45The nZEB Roadshow (GA ID: 892378) – End date: 31 May. 2023
Horia Petran
10.45 – 10.55Q&A 1
All the panelists
10.55 – 11.10SEEtheSkills (GA ID: 101033743) – End date: 31 May. 2024
Lihnida Stojanovska-Georgievska
11.10 – 11.25ARISE (GA ID: 101033864) – End date: 29 Feb. 2024
Paul McCormack
11.25 – 11.40BUS-GoCircular (GA ID: 101033740) – End date: 29 Feb. 2024
Jan Cromwijk
11.40 – 11.55nZEB Ready (GA ID: 101033733) – End date: 31 Aug. 2024
Horia Petran
11.55 – 12.05Q&A 2
All the panelists
12.05 – 12.20Discussion, wrap-up and next steps
Mohaddeseh Maktabifard
12.20 – 12.30Conclusion
European Commission, EASME
12.30End of the session
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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.

As part of the H2020 project INSTRUCT, this workshop will propose to participants involved in legislative framework at regional, national or european level to speak up to:

  • share status of legislative frameworks related to sustainability competences and skills in different countries and regions,
  • share best practices examples and discuss ideas, methods and roadmaps,
  • show the policy steering landscape from the point of view of workers qualifications.


  • Explore ideas to improve policy instruments and incentives based on shared cases.
  • Identify what are the training needs, how skills are demanded in each instrument.
  • Assess gaps between real and expected skills in energy efficiency in Europe.


Authorities and representatives from trade unions and specific organizations.

Register here



9.00 – Welcome

9.05 – Overview of Local Competence Accreditation Bodies for Energy Efficiency Skills in Europe
Mohaddeseh Maktabifard, R2M Solutions, France


9.15 – Embedding sustainability in our programmes – the Cardiff University perspective
Nia Owen, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

9.30 – Regulative steering, Sustainable public procurement, and the criteria framework
Simon Le Roux, Ministry of Environment, Finland

10.00 – Break-out sessions, Part 1 – Regulatory instruments

10.25 – Break


10.30 – Policy instruments and adaptation: Energy audits, Energy effective Contracts
Harri Heinaro, Motiva, Finland

10.45 – Volountary scheme for environmental performance : Klimabonus
Sarah Juchems, Klima-agence, Luxembourg

11.00 – Super Ecobonus 110%: a super-innovative tax allowance to stimulate the renovation market
Gabriella Azzolini, ENEA, Energy Efficiency Department, Italy

11.15 – Break-out sessions, Part 2 – Voluntary instruments

11.40 – Break

11.45 – Results from the break-out sessions, conclusion and next steps
Sébastien Thomas, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg


More details on the website.

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INSTRUCT promoted at MIPIM 2022 in Cannes

Our partner R2M Solution was at MIPIM World in Cannes last week to promote its Research and Innovation activities including INSTRUCT project and its objectives. 

MIPIM is the World’s leading real-estate market event that brings the entire value chain together. It gathered more than 20.000 stakeholders. 

INSTRUCT was promoted through the event Proptech area which is designed to promote disruptive innovations for the built environment and to contribute to bridging the gap between research and market. It was promoted through the R2M Solution company booth, and also through the booth organised by the SmartBuilt4EU project. 

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Fruitful meeting with Polish SMEs and associations from the construction sector in Warsaw, January 19th

Future of the construction sector, legislation changes in terms of blue-collar workers’ energy-efficiency skills, partnerships between Polish construction companies and associations, were the most important topics during the meeting in Warsaw on January 19th. ASM Research Solutions Strategy as a host of the event, moderated the discussion to bring the most valuable content for INSTRUCT Project purposes.

During the meeting with Polish SMEs and associations like: Saint – Gobain, Austrotherm, Wiśniowski, Proventuss, Polish Doors and Windows Association, Fakro, Polish Chamber of Construction, Styrofoam Producers Association, and Chairman of the Construction Committee at the Polish Chamber of Commerce, representatives of INSTRUCT project – ASM Market Research and Analysis Centre – had a chance to identify threads and needs of the construction sector in Poland regarding energy-efficiency.

What are the needs? 

  • the need for site managers qualified in the field of energy efficiency,
  • the need for professionally trained installers,
  • arousing the need for professional performance in terms of energy among investors and producers,
  • multi-faceted integration of the construction market,
  • works in the field of energy-saving should be entered in the catalogue of works in the construction log,
  • the need for trainings for SMEs,
  • the need for a certain field of education at the higher level of education,
  • the need for cooperation between companies,
  • the need for energy efficiency certificates for the whole building,
  • the need for window and door joinery acceptance report,
  • the need for legislation changes but possible to implement.

What are the threads? 

  • The client is more educated than the installer; 
  • Very high parameters expected by UE – it can limit innovations; 
  • The market doesn’t need energy efficiency – sth expected from the EU;
  • No quality control of products;
  • Lack of employees on the market (also qualified employees);
  • Lack of awareness in terms of energy efficiency among companies, installers, clients; 

These conclusions can influence legislative and educational changes in the construction sector and start the discussion in other European countries, where INSTRUCT project also conduct research on this topic.

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