EXPERT TALKS is a new initiative from BUILD UP. In the form of face-to-face interviews, experts coming from all around Europe and covering the field of Energy Efficiency in buildings from different perspectives will share their views, experience and expertise with BUILD UP audience. Linked to the Topic of the Month, the interview will address most relevant topics
For the 4th edition of our Expert talks series, we had the opportunity to interview Sylvain Kubicki, Senior Research and Technology Associate at LIST - Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. He is a trained architect and PhD in Computer Science ensuring the coordination of several European research projects at LIST as well as their representation at the European Construction Technology Platform and the French chapter of buildingSMART. Moreover, he is member of the Advisory Board of buildingSMART Professional Certification Program.
We discussed with Sylvain on the topic of Digitalization in the Construction Sector, focusing on the potential for contributing to Energy Efficiency and the Skills these processes require. His field of expertise includes the use of BIM (Building Information Modeling) for collaborative processes, and for the management of built environment -from the building to the district scales. Concerning the uses of BIM for achieving energy efficiency, he has coordinated the recently finished H2020 BIMEET project, on which we discussed in this interview.
During the interview, Sylvain stressed how digitalization processes have usually been intended to increase productivity in the manufacturing process of the industry. While this is a concrete and useful application in the building industry, he underlines how, in their work, they are also promoting the gains in performance and quality that digital technology enables. He recalls that construction is a fragmented sector with very diverse stakeholders. Digital tools can enhance collaboration between these different actors and, for him, addressing the whole value chain remains a key challenge.
The BIMEET project (BIM-based EU -wide Standardized Qualification Framework for achieving Energy Efficiency), gathering training institutions and research and technology partners, addressed these aspects, aiming the upgrading the overall construction sector workforce to have them contributing altogether to improving energy efficiency in buildings. Training tools and methodologies – such as their portal and qualification matrix – have been developed that would now be available to the market.