nZEB training needs in the southern EU countries – SouthZEB project

Sandra Monteiro da Silva
University of Minho, School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Guimarães, Portugal
sms@civil.uminho.pt

Manuela Almeida
University of Minho, School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Guimarães, Portugal
malmeida@civil.uminho.pt

Luís Bragança
University of Minho, School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Guimarães, Portugal
braganca@civil.uminho.pt

Miguel Carvalho
Instituto Superior Técnico, IST-ID, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
miguel.carvalho@mitportugal.org

ABSTRACT: The recast of the energy performance of buildings directive stipulates that by 2020 all new buildings should reach nearly zero energy levels (2019 for buildings owned or occupied by public authorities). Therefore technicians involved in the design, conception and approval of such buildings should be able to understand and apply nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB) concepts both towards new buildings and the refurbishment of existing ones. However the number of architects and engineers that are able to deal with new technologies and standards might not be adequate to the increasing market demand. Additionally, at European Union (EU) level there are differences in commitment to the EU targets and the construction of nZEB. In this context, arose the SouthZEB project, that is an Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) funded project, that aims to fill this gap and address the need to develop training schemes to professionals involved in nZEB building process, transferring successful practices and knowledge from front runners to target – SouthernEU – countries that are less advanced in this area. This paper presents the project aims and overview.

Keywords: nZEB, energy efficiency, training, southern EU countries, building traditions