Title Transfer of building physics and Co2 methodologies to optimize 'energy efficient' competencies across the three sectors
Project Number 2012-1-SI1-LEO05-03959
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Know-how on how to achieve EU 20-20-20 energy savings in construction materials, subjected to the new expected Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is more and more demanded in Slovenia by the architects, engineers, planners, producers of construction materials, construction companies, training organizations, energy and environmental sector. The new Slovenian construction products regulation requires integration of these criteria and methods into production process.
The aim was to transfer expertize on building characteristics from Belgium to improve construction methods and building materials and knowledge on Life cycle assessment (LCA) and Environmental product declarations (EPD) to Slovenian market. Special software, available publicly, on the basis of EPDs was localized from Poland, showing an eco-effect of EPDs on insulation material. Thus the partnership contributes to understanding of the new generation of sustainable construction criteria in the Slovene market.
The aim of the project is to explain and train on the environmental impacts of construction materials through the building physics methods, EPD, LCA and ECO-EFECT calculator.
The experts - architects, engineers, installers and indirectly educated 'sustainable' experts - were trained on the coheating and real performance (building physics) methods, EPDs and LCA, which enable better understanding of the impacts of the construction materials.
The project was the first in Slovenia to integrate sustainable criteria into production process.
Know-how on how to achieve energy savings in construction materials, subjected to the new expected Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2002/91/EC, EPBD) is more and more demanded in Slovenia by the architects, engineers, planners, producers of construction materials, construction companies, education institutions in the construction, energy and environmental sector (the project target users). The need for this knowledge is quite pressing, as the new Slovenian construction products regulation (to be adopted by the end of 2013) requires integration of these criteria and methods into production process.
The aim of the project was to transfer expertize on building physics and life cycle analysis (LCA) from Belgium, as a basis for CO2 calculation, to localize the software modul (ECO-EFECT calculator) from Poland and to educate Slovenian experts on how to use this knowledge to produce sustainable construction products. Eg. ECO-EFECT calculator is the first in Slovenia enabling calculations of indicators of sustainability level of the construction products.
Consortium is composed of the strong partner from construction industry Knauf Insulation, Belgium university (Faculty Leuven) with exclusive expertise on building physics, Poland partner (Multimedia Communication) with wide experiences on developing sustainable software, and two Slovenian partners. Slovenian Faculty for Mechanical Engineering has important role in localization process and adapting the expertize. Slovenian expert association partner Chamber of Architecture and Environmental planning of Slovenia (ZAPS) transfered knowledge through workshops and dissemination activites to its large base of members.
program or curricula
The main outcomes of the project are transferred methodologies on building physics methodologies, production of the ECO-EFECT calculator and numerous trainings on the two modules (manual for modules education, training programme, trainings and training materials).
There are a large number of directly trained architects, engineers, installers and indirectly educated 'sustainable' experts and general public. On VET level, the project improves competences through transferring knowledge and trainings from the education and private companies to large variety of profiles in three sectors, building-up of skills, through extensive dissemination methods and tools to transfer the know-how.