Title Evaluation of the enerfgy efficiency in the building sector
Project Number 2013-1-FR1-LEO05-48182
Project Type Innovationstransfer
The EU Directive 2010/31/EU defines concrete goals for energy savings and energy efficient buildings. In France, the building sector employs around 450 000 persons, mostly in small companies. The new French building thermal regulation is completely new, but, unfortunately, it is not completely applicable if the professionals, who are in charge of the construction, are not ready to apply it.
Most of the construction processes which prevailed for the last three decades are not valid anymore, and the practice must really change. Many decisions are made by entrepreneurs in small or medium size companies. They need complete and up-to-date information concerning the best practices, but they don’t necessarily have enough time to follow face-to-face training.
The aim of the project is to improve the knowledge of entrepreneurs and managers in the field of the energy efficiency in the building sector through innovative e-learning courses for continuing education.
Summary The EvEnEf project supported the development of innovative and competitive professional approaches in the field of energy efficiency in the building sector. As most of actors in the realization of buildings are SMEs, the training of entrepreneurs and managers is a major issue to meet the target of the Energy Performance of Buildings European Directive. The different national building thermal regulations are more and more innovative and demanding, but the professionals who are in charge of the realization of buildings are not well informed or trained. Even if some of these professionals are aware of the challenge concerning the energy efficiency and can be considered as leaders in this sector, the training is not always a priority for the majority of them because of economical constraints. A significant effort remains to be done concerning the attractiveness and the accessibility of continuing training modules in the building sector. In this context this project adapted and integrated innovative training courses to improve energy efficiency in buildings alleviating the lack of knowledge of entrepreneurs and managers of the building industry. The project brought together VET providers, higher education institutions, SMEs, chamber of crafts in the sector to assess future skills needs and promote business input into course design and delivery, as stated in the "New Skills for New Jobs" initiative and to adapt/develop special modules in the energy efficiency of buildings and its evaluation for upgrading knowledge in the sectors of construction, energy supply and water supply. Through job analysis the necessary knowledge, skills and competences in thermal insulation and air-tightness, innovative and efficient systems for heating ventilation and cooling, thermal comfort, and the evaluation of the performance of all these technological solutions, were specified, developed and tested during this project. The transferred pedagogical content was adapted, upgraded and implemented on an e-learning platform. The project helped to improve the competitiveness of SMEs of the construction sector and to improve the employability of the professionals on a European scale. This objective has been met by helping professionals through vocational training to improve the quality of their work according to the new standards in the different European countries concerning the energy efficiency.
This project is aimed at adapting and integrating an innovative training course and the results of a previous Leonardo da Vinci project into vocational education and training organisations and SMEs to improve energy efficiency in buildings alleviating the lack of knowledge of entrepreneurs and managers of the building industry. To this overall aim, the project will work toward achieving the following specific objectives:
- Identifying and analysing the needs of labour market, of entrepreneurs, managers, engineers in the energy efficiency of buildings.
This objective addresses the priority of making VET more responsive to labour market needs.
- Selecting and analysing the e-learning innovative content to meet these needs and upgrade of the content with a course for evaluation of the energy efficiency.
This objective addresses the need of training new skills for the new “green jobs”. The evaluation of the energy efficiency was not subject of the transferred project and this will be a new development in this project.
- Adapting, upgrading and implementing the EnEf e-learning materials to the legal framework, training system, language, and geography in France as well as to the needs of target groups in all partner countries.
Each country has its own construction types, constructions rules, habits, regulations, climate and this objective addresses the specific needs in the target country. At the same time, the European collaboration will help to share experiences and best practices in energy efficiency measures and can help the EU to harmonize the training of professionals and to progress towards some qualification standards.
- Transferring the training materials to France, and testing them and the new courses in evaluation of the energy efficiency of buildings in all partner countries.
This objective is linked to the operational objective of Leonardo da Vinci to facilitate the development of innovative practices in the field of vocational education and training, and their transfer, including from one participating country to others.
Erbringung von Freiberuflichen, Wissenschaftlichen und Technischen Dienstleistungen
• Project reports
• Need analysis report
• Syllabi of adapted and updated courses on:
- Global energy challenge
- Contribution of the building sector on energy issues
- EU legal framework concerning the Energy Performance of buildings
- Basic principles to understand how the energy is consumed in a building
- Thermal insulation and examples of good practices
- Flat roof insulation
- Glazings (principles and technological description)
- Systems (Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Lighting)
- 3D interactive graphical tool
- Evaluation tests
• Adapted e-learning courses
• Training modules on evaluation of energy efficiency of buildings
• Evaluation and pilot test reports
• Dissemination plan
• Valorisation materials: project Web site, publications, demo DVD, leaflets