PROF / TRAC targets technical experts, architects and managers involved in nZEB design and construction. The developed European training and qualification scheme will be part of a life-long learning process for continuous development and up-skilling of professionals.
Nearly Zero Energy Building construction and renovation requires a large contribution from the building sector and is a challenge for the construction industry. A successful design and construction process towards nZEB construction and renovation requires innovative design processes and technologies based on an integrated design approach and multi-disciplinary work teams. However, this approach is not yet common as the building sector still works in a fragmented process. Especially the collaboration between architects, technical experts and managers is necessary to develop mutual understanding of each other’s disciplines and combine skills to achieve optimal nZEB construction and retrofitting in terms of quality, energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.
Major barriers of the transformation:
- Many professionals in the buildings sector have limited knowledge and skills in energy efficient building design and nZEB principles.
- Lack of collaboration between the different disciplines and professionals. Most of the available trainings focus on one specific target group and on one technique or concept.
- Lack of harmonised certification and qualification schemes with mainstreamed training materials for building professionals on nZEB. Lack of skills-mapping and qualifications for the specific subject and target groups.
- Training materials for education and post-initial education are created on an ad-hoc basis without consensus on an underlying qualification framework. Training materials for education and post-initial education should be coordinated and updated for a life-long learning process.
PROF/TRAC offers a solution to overcome these barriers by developing an Open Training Platform and Qualification scheme for Continuing Professional Development for professionals in the building sector. This platform targets technical experts, architects and building managers involved in nZEB design, construction and maintenance. The developed European qualification scheme will be part of a life-long learning process for continuous development and up-skilling of professionals.