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Public workshop on digital construction skills: enabling the energy transition in Europe’s building stock

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Location: Fira de Barcelona - Gran Via venue – Av. Joan Carles I, 64 - 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat – Barcelona
16 May 2019 | 09:00-17:00 CET


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A BUILD UP Skills event during the Barcelona Building CONSTRUMAT’19 international trade fair.


The buildings sector in Europe is undergoingchange in both technology and legislation. Tighter European energy and climate targets have been set, including revision to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Achieving higher energy performance requires higher standards of construction and changes to the way we design and construct buildings, to guarantee energy efficiency as well as an increased share of renewable energy.


Europe therefore needs more skilled and better qualified building professionals. From January 2021, all new constructions will be Nearly-Zero Energy Buildings. Industry also needs to accelerate the rate of renovation of existing buildings, and to ensure that buildings are ready to participate in a smarter energy system with renewables.


At the same time, the move towards digitalisation calls for a new skill set for all professionals involved in the value chain.


- How can we equip building professionals with the digital skills needed to support the energy transition of the EU building stock? 

- How can we ensure that training and qualification programmes for building professionals embrace emerging technologie that can act as real game-changers, e.g. Internetof-Things (IoT), 3-D scanning and printing, virtual reality, robotics, smart materials and appliances or Building Information Modelling (BIM)?

- What have been recent success stories in training building professionals towards sustainable energy?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this workshop, with participation from the European Commission, national authorities, building industry representatives, education & training experts and EU-funded projects.


The language of the event is English.


Please register here.


Draft programme

08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:00 – 09:20 Opening and welcome: the role of skills in the transition to a sustainable building sector
Patrik Kolar, European Commission EASME, Head of Department “LIFE and H2020 Energy, Environment, Resources” and Enrique Corral, Director General, Fundación Laboral de la Construcción
09:20 – 09:40 Keynote address by Ada Yvars Bravo, Mangera Yvars Architects
09:40 – 10:00 Inspiration : Digital innovation in the building sector, today and tomorrow
Industry speaker
10:00 – 10:15 Supporting the digitalisation and modernisation of EU buildings: the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
Speaker from European Commission DG Energy
10:15 – 10:30 Digital innovations transforming the construction sector – EU policy initiatives
Roman Horvath, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Break-out session 1: Digital innovation - what does it mean for professionals of the building value chain?
Round table discussion on the changes happening in design and construction of buildings using digitalisation, and based on selected examples from EU funded projects
- Session 1: Digital innovation in the design of buildings
- Session 2: Digital innovation in the construction of buildings
12:00 – 12:30 Highlights from Break-out session 1
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Demonstration of innovative technologies in the buildings sector
14:00 – 15:00 Break-out session 2: How to upskill building professionals for the energy transition
Round table discussion: what are the skills challenges to design and construct energy efficient buildings using digital technologies? How does this feed into existing qualification schemes? What is the role of certification? What about mutual recognition of skills across borders?
- Session 1: National approaches. Javier González López, Head of International Projects, Fundación Laboral de la Construcción
- Session 2: Pan-European approaches. Jan Cromwijk, Project coordinator, ISSO
15:00 – 15:30 Highlights from Break-out session 2
15:30 – 16:30 Panel discussion
An expert panel will take stock of progress made so far in upskilling the industry for energy efficient buildings, and further steps needed in this field.
Followed by questions from the audience and live polls.
16:30 – 17:00 Closing
Main outcomes of the day and next steps.


Here you can find the leaflet and the programme of the event.