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Construction skills for mainstreaming nZEB: New tools & practices

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Jan Cromwijk and Veronika Schröpfer introduce new training and assessment tools developed in several EU Horizon 2020 projects to assist practitioners to identify and address the strengths and weaknesses of their low carbon skills for new build and retrofit. Online learning packages to address skill gaps have been created, are freely accessible, and can facilitate the co-creation and application of interdisciplinary qualification schemes.


“Human centred design, construction and quality assurance processes involved in building and maintaining nearly zero energy building (nZEB) standards are a challenge for the construction industry in Europe. NZEB buildings require innovative design processes and mixtures of technologies based on an integrated design approach facilitated by multidisciplinary work teams (Schröpfer et al., 2017; Rohrbacher, 2001). Collaboration between architects, engineers, technical experts, building managers and building occupants is essential (Williams and Dair, 2007). Therefore, it is necessary to identify the specific involvement of each profession in order to develop mutual understanding of each other’s disciplines and to close the gaps that often arise between disciplinary / work boundaries. Additionally, it is vital to provide professionals with the skills required to achieve optimal nZEB construction and retrofitting in terms of quality, energy efficiency and cost effectiveness”.


Read the full article here to understand how some H2020 projects have developed trainings and assessments tools for new build and retrofit for nZEB.