PROF / TRAC in a nutshell

PROF / TRAC targets technical experts, architects and managers involved in nZEB design and construction...

NZEB Skills Recommendations

It constitutes a solid basis to compare the nZEB skills requested to different professions...


PROF/TRAC welcomes any expansion of its Training Material Repository with new resources in the field of nZEBs...

Country: Greece
Building: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Photographer: Giulia Marenghi


PROF / TRAC offers an Open Training and Qualification Platform for professionals dealing with nearly Zero Energy Buildings.


The PROF/TRAC Qualification Scheme on nZEB skills targets professionals with a higher education degree in the construction sector. It constitutes a solid basis to compare the nZEB skills requested to different professions across Europe and to the same profession from one country to the other.

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1. Attend the PROF/TRAC Train-the-Trainers free online course
2. Pass the related online tests
3. Submit the final assignment

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The repository collects and structures available educational and training material from recent European projects, international and national initiatives about nZEB design, construction and operation. PROF/TRAC team welcomes any expansion of the repository with the new resources.

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Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Check out the PROF/TRAC Youtube Channel!

Don't miss the PROF/TRAC seminars, now available on the Youtube Channel.  

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

5th PROF/TRAC Newsletter in Spanish

Thanks to project partner IVE we have now a Spanish version of the latest newsletter.

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Tuesday, 19th December 2017

TtT4 outcomes: PROF/TRAC network gets broader

Welcome the new PROF/TRAC certified Trainers!

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Monday, 11th December 2017

Share your training material on nZEBs with the PROF/TRAC community

PROF/TRAC Consortium has given open access to its Training Material Repository

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Thursday, 16th November 2017
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February 2018

European Multi-level Skills offensive – The key to assuring public support for the Energy Transition


Relevant EU Actions: In its Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on skills, the EU identifies construction as a sector with high awareness of the importance of skills with focus areas including energy efficiency and digitisation. EU Funding and financing prioritises the shift to a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy with a strong focus on the energy transition in the buildings sector.

The offer of quality job creation and better quality of life in our homes, cities and neighbourhoods will be central in gaining political support for this transition. This one-day conference will give vital pointers and concrete examples on how these EU instruments can help deliver this support.

The PROF/TRAC team have identified the skills gap among NZEB professionals, technical experts, architects and managers involved in nZEB design and construction and are addressing this gap with courses and dissemination of material. This final PROF/TRAC conference, to be held in Brussels on February 20th, will broaden the perspective to address awareness, skills and confidence gaps along the construction supply chain, within our administrations and among our citizens which continue to slow the demand and speed of renovation roll-out across the region. We will also consider the EU strategy to address these gaps with a focus on European Structural and Investment Funds and the skills Agenda, now in the post 2020 programming period which is under preparation.

Availability & access to finance from EU level: Despite a slow start, Housing Europe’s analysis of the use of European Structural and Investment Fund in the current programming period reveals a significant improvement in the availability and take-up of funds compared to the pre-2014 phase. There is a potential €5,15 billion for ‘energy efficiency renovation, €1.44 billion for housing infrastructure on the table and additional potential support under INTERREG and Innovative Urban Actions and the European Social Fund. Rules to combine funds and to blend with loans have been simplified. 31 Projects in 19 Member States (70 % in energy efficiency) have been identified. 

Main Lessons Learned – More skills needed to ensure that EU funding fosters an Integrated, innovative approach to refurbishment and a combination of hard and soft measures: Public support for the energy transition can be assured thought quality assurance in renovation works carried out but also through an holistic approach which involve citizens in the renovation planning, which foster de-centralisation of energy production, consumption and ownership, which create jobs but which most importantly boost local quality of life not only within the building but in the local community. Currently however the confidence among those developing projects to adopt an integrated approach is low, this is linked to the fact that the knowledge on the potential to combine ESF funding with ERDF to achieve this integrated approach is also low. We can build this confidence through increased training for Managing Authorities & beneficiaries in combining social and technical services to achieve this integrated approach, by aligning reporting mechanisms between ERDF & ESF, harmonising rules and providing clear guidance and examples.  

Measures to foster Technological innovation and industrial optimisation at EU level

The market is failing to offer cost-effective zero energy renovation solutions. Analysis of projects aiming at zero energy renovation estimates that 40% of costs savings will come from industrial optimisation of the renovation process and the rest from technological innovation. Lack of risk sharing along the supply chain is one stumbling block. Take for instance the de-link between installers of heating and ventilation systems where for installers deal directly with contractors and are cut off from users concerns. Integrated training such as that developed under PROF /TRAC, Hands-on Market Development Teams & Life Long Learning schemes for NZEB professional can help to address this.

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Tuesday 20 Feb
Tuesday 20 Feb

World Sustainable Energy Days 2018

The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) are among Europe’s largest annual conferences on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The 2018 conference will take place from 28 February - 2 March 2018 in Wels, Austria.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are key to boost the economic competitiveness of the EU, its member states, regions and individual businesses. Resulting economic growth provides jobs and the ability to invest in the further progress of the clean energy transition to the benefit of all citizens. Clean energy for economic competitiveness and how to make the clean energy transition work for business, planet and people will therefore be core themes of the World Sustainable Energy Days 2018.

The event's topics are the following:

  • renewable energy sources
  • energy efficiency
  • energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, energy services
  • pellets
  • sustainable energy research, technologies, markets and policies
  • products, services, business models

WSED 2018 will feature policies, technology innovation and market development, offering a combination of conferences and interactive events:

  • European Pellet Conference
  • European Energy Efficiency Conference
  • Young Energy Researchers
  • Energy Efficiency Economy
  • E-Mobility & Smart Buildings
  • Technology Innovation: Energy and Buildings
  • Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop
  • Tradeshow, Poster Presentation, Site Visits
Wednesday 28 Feb
Friday 2 Feb

March 2018

Ecobuild 2018

ecobuild conference - The industry’s stage for debate and leadership
Positioned at the heart of the event and central to the knowledge programme is the ecobuild conference. 

The ecobuild conference will put sustainability firmly at the forefront of the agenda. It will give the built environment industry the opportunity to highlight, debate and present big picture issues, what matters to it now and in the future. Surrounding the ecobuild conference will be curated areas, shining a light on true innovation and demonstrating the different ways in which disciplines within the built environment sector approach sustainability.

Tuesday 6 Mar
Thursday 8 Mar

June 2018

C4E Forum 2018

Half-week interactive programme combining practical sessions, creative workshops and evening plenaries with high-level speakers and informal networking opportunities Professionals and those interested in energy efficiency in buildings from government, industry, NGOs, think-tanks, financial institutions, etc. from across the CEE region all in one place 


C4E Forum 2018 will take place on 13–16 June 2018
The location will be a green riverside resort Narvil in Poland, only 40 min from Warsaw
The length will be 2.5 days with the possibility of organizing pre-conference events at the margins


Registration fees will be determined shortly and registration will be open in September/October 2017.

Please stay tuned for information about the 2018 edition by subscribing to email updates at, and follow us on Twitter at @C4EForum.

Wednesday 13 Jun
Saturday 16 Jun
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