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.

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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


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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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Share your knowledge about digitalization, training, energy, BIM and blockchain!

INSTRUCT is now collecting information about familiarity with digitalization, training, BIM (Building Information Modelling) and blockchain in the construction industry. Answer to this 5-minutes survey will allow us to understand people’s perspectives on the subject, to recognise the importance of the new technology, and to identify the obstacles that must be addressed in order blockchain to be used in the construction sector.

If you want to share your knowledge and support our project, fill in this short questionnaire:

INSTRUCT intends to create a complete operational framework to increase the number of skilled building professionals and blue collar workers over the whole value chain (both for renovations and new constructions), and offer a set of service to support raising awareness of home and building owners and tenants about the benefits of sustainable energy skills, and the public authorities for the development of new legislative frameworks, e.g. requirements for skilled workers in public procurement.


To know more about the project, visit INSTRUCT’s website and follow our social media channels:

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Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction Sector 2.0 on Sustainable Places 2021

On the 29th of October 10, EU Horizon 2020 sister projects took the chance to meet and talk about potential synergies to stimulate future public and private investments in energy-based habitat renovation.

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. The objective is to increase the number of skilled building professionals and/or blue-collar workers across the building design, operation, and maintenance value chain (designers, architects, engineers, building managers, technicians, installers, blue-collar workers including apprentices, and other building professionals), with a specific focus on the engagement of SMEs. Recourse to skilled professionals/workers both for renovations and new constructions of buildings and district-scale solutions should be made more attractive and easier for companies and homeowners alike.

These challenges gathered INSTRUCT, BUSLeague, TRAIN4SUSTAIN, HP4All, The nZEB Roadshow, PRO-Heritage, CraftEdu, BIMzeED, ARISE and SEEtheSkills projects on Sustainable Places 2021 conference during 90-minutes workshop: Sustainable Energy Skills in the Construction Sector 2.0, which is the second joint meeting of this group established in May 2021.

Just after the overview of the workshop presented by Mohaddeseh Maktabifard from R2M Solution, we had welcomed Amandine DE COSTER from EU Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). Our special guest had a speech about the BUILD UP Skills initiative, its history since 2011, main focus areas and targets. All projects presented introduction of the learning units and/or training modules developed, target groups, progress, number of trained professional and lessons learned, and future plans as follows:

  • INSTRUCT: Ioan Petri, Cardiff University
  • BUSLeague: Marion Jammet, Irish Green building Council
  • HP4All: Padriac O’Reilly, LIT
  • The nZEB Roadshow: Dragomir Tzanev, Eneffect
  • PRO-Heritage: Gerald Wagenhofer, UBW
  • CraftEdu: Jiri Karasek, SEVEn
  • BIMzeED: Jose Lucas, ITEC
  • ARISE: Paul McCormack, Belfast Met
  • SEEtheSkills: Lihnida Stojanovska-Georgievska, UKIM

In the end the discussion was wrapped up with a Q&A session. This event will be followed by the publication on MDPI portal and the next meeting with some of the projects is planned on 14th October 2021 at The Joint Conference CIB W78 – LDAC 2021. Join us there!

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