BUILD UP Skills – Top Qualification for Energy Efficiency in the Building Industry

The guideline for the total energy efficiency of buildings creates a new challenge for planners and experts within the building industry regarding the mandatory category of lowest energy buildings (nearly-zero-energy buildings).

With the "BUILD UP Skills" initiative, the relevant know-how of craftsmen, construction workers and installation personnel is to be improved with specific training- and further training concepts.  

Great potential in saving energy in the building sector

In a first stage, the "BUILD UP Skills project Austria" will initiate a national strategy process, bringing together all the relevant national participants in the areas of qualification, training and education. Relevant working groups will prepare a national roadmap in the second stage for improving the qualifications of craftsmen in the construction sector.

The sector of buildings, with about 30% of the end energy consumption in Austria, represents an essential potential for saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases. Numerous supportive programmes and research initiatives are trying to work out how this potential can be best used for building renovation work and for establishing requirements for new buildings. About 40,000 working places are required in Austria. 

Optimally implementing energy efficiency in the construction industry together with national decision makers

The project consortium commissioned for Austria consists of three partners: the Austrian Energy Agency as coordinator, the Regional Association Steiermark as well as the 17 & 4 Organisationsberatung GmbH (responsible for the klima:aktiv Bildungskoordination (education coordination) since 2004).

The total project will include representatives from ministries, numerous public authorities, social partners, representatives from interested lobbies and educational institutes in several working groups.

The project started in Austria in November 2011, the national roadmap is envisaged to be completed by May 2013. In a second phase of the initiative, the newly gained knowledge will be applied to new training and further training measures.

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Project Dates
ClientEuropean Union – Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE)
Project ManagerGeorg Trnka
Project PartnerMag. Gerhard Bittersmann (LandesEnergieVerein Steiermark)
DI Johannes Fechner (17 & 4 Organisationsberatung GmbH)
Mag. Johannes Selinger (17 & 4 Organisationsberatung GmbH)
Duration11/2011 – 05/2013