Title BETTER BUILDING - CERTFYING VET TEACHERS AS ENERGY SAVING ADVISERS. A TRANFER SYSTEM
Project Number LLP-LDV/TOI/2007/IT/307
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Ecological issues have become more and
more important all over the globe. Thus
awareness has been raised to offer
appropriate teaching in relevant areas in
many European countries.
The European project ‘Better Building’ has
been introduced to foster awareness
raising especially in construction relevant
issues in Italy, Turkey and Slovenia by
supplying approved learning contents and
training materials to VET teachers that
show how to use energy-saving materials
and how to reduce energy consumption in
The project objectives are:
Sensitisation to problems of energy
saving, the use of renewable and
ecological energies and the further
training of specialists
Development of teaching and further
training contents to become an energy
Creation of consultation frameworks for
the redevelopment of existing building
and new building from the perspective
of energy saving
A modular curriculum for VET teachers on the
issue of building constructions that is being
used in Romania will be transferred, adapted
and validated to the target countries Italy,
Turkey and Slovenia to qualify learners in
three European languages (i.e. in Italian,
Turkish, and Slovenian).
The project target groups are:
VET teachers and trainers for building and
construction who will acquire additional skills
and competences to become capable of
offering general advice
People who will work as “European energy
saving and building material adviser”. They
will be sensitised for the relevant subjects
purpose and receive specialized training
Training providers who can immediately
improve the quality of their VET measures
and /or offer new training courses which are
based on the project results.
Employers in the building industries who will
benefit from a higher number of better
The threats of climatic changes are just an additional and most recent aspect of the acknowledged need to reduce energy consumption and to apply ecologic aspects also in the construction of buildings, but throughout Europe, there is no homogenous awareness of these requirements and therefore the ecological balance is rather poor in a large number of EU member states, among them Italy, Slovenia, and Turkey. This is especially true for building activities performed by SMEs and through the private building sector.
The main objectives of this transfer project are
• to raise the awareness of ecological issues among VET teachers for technical subjects, especially construction, and to supply learning contents and training materials that show how to use energy-saving materials and to reduce energy consumption in building construction. The specific objectives are:
• to transfer, adapt and validate a modular curriculum for VET teachers for building construction and to qualify them as European Energy and Building Material Advisers in three European languages, i.e. in Italian, Turkish, and Slovenian
• to spread the project contents and results through a variety of valorisation activities, including third parties such as, e.g. educational policy organisations and social partners in the target countries
The outputs will be
• Train the Trainer Qualification Curricula for acquiring additional competences in energy consulting, especially for renovation of existing buildings and heating and insulation rehabilitation in Italian, Turkish and Slovenian language. They will be adapted to the country specific logistic and environmental conditions as well as to the learning cultures of the above mentioned countries and to the requirements of vocational training providers.
• didactic guidelines and recommendations how to introduce these materials within the framework of existing teaching schemes, with relation to the specific demand and need of individual users and to the specific learning cultures of the above mentioned countries and to the requirements of vocational training providers
• an implementation concept how to put these materials into the learning practice, i.e. raising the interest of educational policy makers and the respective organisations.
The short term impact concerns the partners in the benefiting countries that are also training providers. They can immediately improve the quality of their VET measures and /or offer new training measures which are based on the project results. Through inclusion of a number of strategic multipliers, the long term impact will be an increasing awareness and understanding of the ecological value of energy-saving construction and consequently, an improvement of VET teaching contents leading one step closer to attaining the goals of the Kyoto protocol.
The overall objectives of this transfer project are
• to improve the quality in VET systems by offering innovative methodology and contents and transferring good practice
• to contribute to amelioration of the energy balance in the construction of buildings by
• raising the awareness of ecological issues among VET teachers in Italy, Slovenia and Turkey for technical subjects, especially in construction subjects
• qualifying them as specialists in this field capable of advising and motivating builders how to make rational use of energy and how to use unconventional energies and building material-recycling
• and transferring techniques, methods and energy-saving oriented trainings including respective communication techniques
The specific objectives are:
• to transfer a modular curriculum for VET teachers “European energy saving and building material adviser” into the VET teacher qualification schemes in Italy, Slovenia and Turkey
• to modify the these contents by taking into account not only linguistic aspects, but also sociological and cultural aspects in the three target countries
• to adapt the materials by adding didactic guidelines for VET teachers and trainers how to introduce these materials within the framework of existing teaching schemes, with relation to the specific demand and need of individual users and to the specific learning cultures of the above mentioned countries and to the requirements of vocational training providers
• to produce, for each target country, an implementation concept how to put these materials into the learning practice, i.e. raising the interest of educational policy makers as well as the building industry and their training organisations.
Utilization and distribution of results
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula
The Curriculum includes the following modules:
• Alternating influence from the building process and the environment
• Legislation and regulations for new and old buildings
• Insulation, requirements and prospects
• Energy performance and living comfort in existing buildings
• Basic knowledge of heat outlets in building components
• Dampness in buildings, the incursion of condensation
• Insulation materials for the thermo-technical redevelopment of buildings
• Technology for thermo-technical redevelopment- divided into categories of building components
• Calculation of the economic efficiency of additional heat insulation
• Use of solar energy
• Recycling of demolition materials during redevelopment projects
Proposed overall duration: 180 hours, to be validated for each target country separately in the validation phase.
Consultation concept for energy saving renovation activities:
• Infrastructure requirements
• Information gathering
• Establishing contacts with builders
• Selection of rehabilitation schemes
• Data processing
• Presentation of renovation solutions
Didactic guidelines on how incorporate these materials within the framework of existing teaching schemes and take into consideration the specific requirements of the county as well as the specific learning cultures of the above mentioned countries and to the requirements of vocational training providers.
The third product (separate country-specific versions for Italy, Slovenia and Turkey) will be the Implementation Concept demonstrating how to put these learning materials into the mainstream learning practice and how to raise the interest of social partners and employer organisations.
The Implementation Concept provides a structured action plan for the localisation and organisation of putting the project results into practice in the deployment phase after the LLP funding. It will set up organisational models, suggest training delivery structures and provide a basis for assessing the potentials for introducing basic skills workplace training in various work sectors. It will also suggest possible partnerships for deployment.
The web site will provide details of the project and the consortium. It will allow people or VET organisations interested in the project to register their interest and to download the project’s results.
Upon launch, the web site will contain:
• details of the project, its aims and work programme
• details of the project participants, their roles in the project and links to their organisation’s web site
• links to VET training organisations and to VET qualification programmes of the partner countries
Within the projects life time, the web site will be further developed with:
• the transfer products for the target countries
• the Didactic Guidelines
• the Implementation Concepts
• the links to other relevant transfer of innovation projects
All project results which will be available for free download
The Multiplier Conference will be organised for participants from other EU countries that do not participate directly at the project. The seminar will be held in Prague in May 2009. Participants will be identified and contacted already at the beginning of the transfer activities (January 2009). Thus, they will be able to accompany the projects progress and to be informed about the project already at the beginning of the seminar where they will receive detailed information and have the possibility to discuss the results with all project partners.
The Multiplier Seminar will be an excellent opportunity to disseminate the transfer results into other countries with a similar economic structure or similar VET conditions.