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Register for BUILD UP skills workshop at CONSTRUMAT’19

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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 | 10:00-17:30 CET


Please register here.

Are IoT, BIM, robotics and smart buildings a foreign language for your building professionals? Join us at one of Europe’s biggest building industry events to discover and share how the buildings sector could become fluent in digital technologies for smart, energy-efficient buildings.


BUILD UP is holding a one-day workshop on 16 May at the Barcelona Building CONSTRUMAT’19 international trade fair to promote upskilling the building sector to meet the challenges of new European energy and climate targets.


From January 2021, all new constructions will have to be nearly-zero energy buildings, while existing buildings will have to be renovated at a faster rate than now. That translates into opportunities for building professionals who are skilled and qualified in the latest digital technologies.


Find out more at the workshop on:

  • Digital innovations in the buildings sector
  • The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
  • What digitalisation means for building professionals
  • Digital skills training for building professionals
  • Success stories in upskilling the industry

The workshop is in English. Register here to share information and views at the workshop with European Commission specialists, national authorities, building industry representatives, education & training experts and EU-funded projects. And don’t miss a demonstration of innovative technologies in the buildings sector.


Draft programme

09:30 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee
10:00 – 10:20 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
10:20 – 10:40 Keynote address by Ada Yvars Bravo, Director, Mangera Yvars Architects (MYAA)
10:40 – 11:00 Inspiration : Digital innovation in the building sector, today and tomorrow
Christophe Sykes, Director general, Construction Products Europe
11:00 – 11:15 Supporting the digitalisation and modernisation of EU buildings: the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
Pau Garcia Audi, European Commission, DG Energy
11:15 – 11:30 Digital innovations transforming the construction sector – EU policy initiatives
Roman Horvath, European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:45 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. Valeria Ferrando, EU Head of Research, Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES)
- Session 2: Digital innovation in the construction of buildings. Thomas Messervey, Founder & CEO, R2M solutions
12:45 – 13:15 Highlights from Break-out session 1
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch and Demonstration of innovative technologies in the buildings sector
14:15 – 15:15 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, Dutch Knowledge Centre for the building and building services sector (ISSO).
Sylvain Kubicki, Senior Research & Technology Associate, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology.
Paul McCormack, Innovation Manager & Andrew Hamilton, Course Director, Belfast MetropolitanCollege.
Anna Moreno, Senior Project Manager, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA).
15:15 – 15:45 Highlights from Break-out session 2
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 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.
17:00 – 17:30 Closing & Next steps – Funding opportunities under Horizon 2020
Amandine De Coster-Lacourt, Project Advisor, EASME


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