The “Train-to-NZEB” project aims to provide world-class training on energy efficiency and RES in buildings, based on new training programmes, business plans and up-to-date training equipment for a set of training and consultation centers around Europe.
Its goal is to improve the knowledge and skills in the construction sector and to provide practical trainings, demonstrations and comprehensive consulting services for design and construction of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) supported by RES, based on the Passive House concept.
The training centers (or Building Knowledge Hubs) form an international network, providing training courses on the curricula developed under the European BUILD UP Skills initiative and by project partners, as well as continuous opportunities for exchange, updating and improving of the existing training programmes. The modern training facilities will enable the conduction of practical exercises in addition to the theoretical programmes already available in the focus countries.
The main tasks of the project include design and equipment of 4 fully active training centers (in Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and the Czech Republic) and 1 pilot center (in Ukraine); the adaptation of existing and the development of new curricula for training of building professionals; training and certification for a total of 90 trainers, 2,400 construction workers, 480 designers and 720 non-specialists (representatives of public authorities, business managers, NGOs, consumer groups, media, etc.).
All of these, combined with the provision of consulting services based on the "One-stop shop" principle, is expected to increase the interest and capacity for design and construction of NZEBs supported by RES in the focus countries and to stimulate the market demand for such solutions for both new buildings and building renovations.
Train-to-NZEB aims to transfer the knowledge and experience of leading research and training institutions from Germany (Passive House Institute) and Ireland (Passive House Academy and Limerick Institute of Technology) to 5 European countries – Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Ukraine. The consortium is lead by Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect (Bulgaria) and includes also the Bulgarian Construction Chamber and BSYS (Bulgaria), the National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development (INCERC), Business Development Group and Pre-University Education Foundation – Future (Romania); SEVEn (Czech Republic), Deparment of Civil Engineering at Ege University (Turkey), and Municipal Development Institute (Ukraine). In addition, the project team has already attracted many new members in the BKH’s network, with the goal to stimulate knowledge sharing and to continuously improve the training programmes and schemes around Europe.