Title Evaluation of the energy efficiency in the building sector
Project Number 2013-1-FR1-LEO05-48182
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
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 project helped 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 adapted and integrated 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 achieved the following specific objectives:
- Selection and analysis of the e-learning innovative content meeting the needs of professionals and upgrade of the content with a course for evaluation of the energy efficiency.
This objective addressed 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 was a new development in this project.
- Adaptation, upgrade and implementation of 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 addressed the specific needs in the target country. The European collaboration helped to share experiences and best practices in energy efficiency measures.
- Transfer and test of the training materials to France, and test of the new courses in evaluation of the energy efficiency of buildings in all partner countries.
This objective was 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.
Around 70 trainees took part in the pilot test and the field trial and finished successfully the training with certificates. In the pilot test 88 % replied that the Web structure of course was satisfactory and 88 % were satisfied by the course content, and correspondingly 89 % and 91 % were already very positive in the field trial.
Around 70 % of the trainees thought that the courses would provide me a better opportunity for employment and 63 % of the participants of the field trial thought that the new courses meet the needs of enterprises in the country.
- Dissemination and exploitation of the results
A project web site has been set up in all the project languages (www.evenef.eu). The internet platform (using Moodle) on which the modules can be accessed from has been developed (http://telearn.tu-sofia.bg/evenef). A leaflet in all partner languages and English has also been created which gives general information on the project.
A dissemination workshop was held during the "Foire de Savoie", between the 14th and the 16th September 2015. The project was also presented at the national professional exhibition Batimat 2015 held in Paris. More than 60 dissemination actions have been done. The training modules developed during the project have also been integrated in the e-learning platform of ines (http://e-learning.ines-solaire.org/course/view.php?id=99).
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
open and distance learning
• 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