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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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Join INSTRUCT workshop again

If you didn’t have a chance to join “Sustainable Energy Skills In the Construction Sector Workshop” live session, you can access the record on our website!

Take a while to get acquainted with goals and plans of all projects interested in increasing 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.

Watch it now:

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INSTRUCT workshop conclusions

On October 30th, we organized an online workshop, closely related to our research which highlighted evidence that corroborates and reinforces the correlation between education, energy performance and quality. The event gathered 19 participants from the UK, Serbia, Italy and Finland. 

The workshop was led by Karla Lapit, Dr Ioan Petri, Yacine Rezgui and Irini Barbero from Cardiff University. The aim was to gather feedback on the results of a recently conducted survey on the topic mentioned above.

The discussion focused on the following topics:

  • Lack of access to useful information, knowledge, and best practice guides for energy efficient interventions.
  • Lack of demand for skilled workforce in energy efficiency.
  • Lack of availability or inadequate training programmes (in terms of scope, quality, content, cost etc.).
  • Lack of shared vision and values for energy efficiency across the supply chain.
  • Inadequate policy landscape, including lack of government incentives.

Based on the experiences of individual participants, we came to some interesting conclusions:

  1. Sharing initiatives and information about projects which have already collected data about the policy overall landscape in the EU countries and about the governmental incentives within is needed to go further in our plans.
  2. Adequate policy landscape, government initiatives and understanding of a problem is needed.
  3. Reward system for workers is needed. Incentive-based systems would be an interesting solution.
  4. Onsite training will help to eliminate lack of accessibility to energy-efficiency trainings issue.
  5. There should be relevant trainings planned for particular worker position.
  6. We should share the knowledge about energy efficiency among investors to arouse demand for skilled workers.
  7. Adoption of new technologies such as ICT and Artificial Intelligence can be identified as a contributor or accelerator for methods and instruments to deliver skilled workforce for energy efficiency.
  8. Less theory-based trainings and more practical trainings with a direct link to the work tasks are needed to plan.

The discussion is not closed. If you missed the workshop you can still have an input what will be much appreciated!

All methodology guides, informed by the literature, with quantitative and qualitative instruments to evidence the correlation between training and Energy efficiency are welcome to share via e-mail to Yacine Rezgui from Cardiff University: RezguiY@cardiff.ac.uk.

You can also provide pointers to existing studies, social media endpoints, initiatives and reports that relate to energy efficiency at a national and EU-wide level (input via energy-education.com).

If you have other recommendations, please feel free to contact us via e-mail given above.

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Technical meeting of INSTRUCT project is already behind us!

Due to the pandemic lockdown on 20th October we met remotely for the fourth timeDespite many COVID-19 related challenges we are facingthe project is progressing well and we are just finishing the first major task related with the industry and academic evidence that corroborates and reinforces the correlation between skills and education, and energy performance and quality.   

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