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Train to Net Zero Energy Buildings – a pathway to an energy efficient building sector

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The EU, in light of the 2030 and 2050 energy and climate goals, has adopted an ambitious vision for the energy performance of its buildings among other measures. This is because the building sector still represents about 40% of energy consumption in the EU with the largest cost-effective savings potential. However, in order to meet this vision, the construction sector must be ready to deliver high-performance retrofits and nearly zero energy buildings. As in every field, this would require a number of qualified professionals and building workers. Here is where Train-to-NZEB comes into play:


The EU-financed “Train-to-NZEB” project provided world-class training on energy efficiency and RES in buildings, based on new training programmes, business plans and up-to-date training equipment for a set of training and consultation centres around Europe. The goal is to improve the knowledge and skills in the construction sector and to provide practical training, demonstrations and comprehensive consulting services for the design and construction of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) supported by RES and based on the Passive House Standard. With its Building Knowledge Hubs, commonly known as training and consultation centres, Train-to-NZEB forms an international network providing training courses on the curricula developed under the European BUILD UP Skills initiative and by project partners, as well as continuous opportunities for exchange. More information regarding Train-to-NZEB, as well as its implementation, can be found in the dedicated brochure.


The modern training facilities enable practical training opportunities in addition to the theoretical programmes already available for building professionals. There are demonstration tools and numerous partners from the construction industry, you’ll see and touch things in buildings you probably haven’t seen before. The Building Knowledge hubs not only stimulate the market demand for such solutions for both new buildings and retrofits, but prepare building professionals to implement them. Moreover, the training centres offer Passive House courses and exams for tradespeople as well as designers and consultants.


Currently, while many educational facilities are closed, the Passive House Institute and many of its partners are offering e-learning opportunities to make the best of these difficult times. More information can be found on the course website and in the event calendar.