New requirements – related to buildings with high-energy performance or “nearly zero energy building standards (nZEB)” – are the main challenges for the construction industry across Europe. In order to be able to implement this sensibly, workers must be trained accordingly. Within BUILD UP Skills programmes, vast knowledge and insight has been gained, many methods used, and training schemes created through previously implemented projects.

The BUSLeague team has produced a report on approaches on recognition of energy efficiency skills that takes a closer look at available further trainings, experiences regarding the recognition of energy efficiency skills and associated effects on stimulating market demand.

A main finding of the report is that unfortunately, the offer of further education in the building sector is still very limited in many partner countries and recognition of skills gained through further education is mostly voluntary and not required by the government or the customers. In addition, there is hardly any national or international recognition of further education in energy efficiency skills in many countries and if there is a national well-developed system of recognition of further education at national level, international recognition is not established.

To overcome these challenges, the report also highlights possible solutions that have already been identified or developed in previous national or european projects (e.g. BUILD UP Skills CrossCraft, CraftEdu, NEWCOM, Train-to-nZEB, Fit-to-nZEB, BIMplement, BUILD UP Skills QualiBuild, Skill-Passport, PROF/TRAC and BUStoB).

The aim of the BUSLeague project is to counteract the identified challenges through expansion and dissemination of

  • tailored micro learning and e-learning offers.
  • successful training programmes in the field of energy efficiency in cooperation with training centres and hardware stores.
  • registers of upskilled construction workers.
  • a Skill-Passport for upskilled construction workers.
  • a methodology to describe knowledge imparted through courses to compile and recognise additional qualifications.

We invite you to read the full report called “D2.1 Report on experiences according to the recognition of energy efficiency skills” that you can find at this link: click HERE.

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Authors: Bianca Zeller, Georg Trnka & Naghmeh Altmann, Austrian Energy Agency

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