MEnS (Meeting of Energy Professional Skills) is a H2020 project, officially launched on the 29th March 2015 during a kick-off meeting held in Italy. The project was conceived in order to provide an enhance the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) skills of building managers such as engineers and architects through a series of accredited training activities developed by 9 universities and 3 market players.
MEnS aims to:
- increase the knowledge and skills of at least 1800 building managers (engineers, architects) in NZEB design and construction, out of which 50% would be women or unemployed;
- create and implement a new education and training program for such professionals in 10 countries, under the European Qualifications Framework provisions and based on desired and common learning outcomes of Level 7;
- create and implement an innovative, interdisciplinary education and training program with an integrated approach, focusing on real case studies;
- accredit courses using the formal procedure in each country and assign ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits;
- enhance and support the development of a professional network in Europe specifically focused on retrofitting of housing stocks towards NZEB. A connection with over 250,000 stakeholders and market players;
- provide working opportunities to unemployed professionals, by bringing them closer to possible employers and improving their qualifications, at a percentage of 30% of those attending;
- continue the education and training courses for at least 5 years after the end of the project based on concrete sustainability plans agreed by University partners;
- result in energy savings and/ or increased use of renewables of at least 28,96 GWh/year.
Please visit the project’s website for further information at: http://www.mens-nzeb.eu/