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Project Background    
Saving energy in industrial and residential buildings has become a major need and challenge in our current European society, due to the necessity to reduce the CO2 emissions and the expensiveness of energy. The EU wants to reduce the overall energy consumption with 2% per year. The energy consumption per household should also be reduced with 30% in 2020. In consumption units, this roughly means that the demand of energy for space heating and cooling should be restricted until 15 kWh per square meter area of use per year. Passive Building can be the solution here. Passive Building is a collective name for those ways of building where a good internal climate is realized without traditional heating or cooling systems. The construction of a passive building demands extra care. A passive building is: (a) thermally comfortable; (b) has a very good quality of internal air; (c) has an extremely low use of energy. This “Passive Building” will become our standard for the future. There is no doubt about the fact that by using energy more efficiently and by saving energy, the same or even a higher level of comfort can be reached in our buildings with a much lower consumption of energy but only with the right combination of all individual measures the best savings effect possible can be achieved. With the increase of Passive Building, the demand for new and highly skilled workers in that area who can apply the techniques of sustainable/renewable energy will also highly increase. It is therefore necessary to ensure that employers, skilled workers, trainers/teachers and students have good access to up-to-date lesson-, training and teaching materials, methods and approaches, focusing both on theory and practice. It is important too that these materials, methods and approaches are transparent and applicable throughout the EU.
 
Aims
we want to transfer knowledge between VET and VET-related organisations regarding sustainable/renewable energy in Passive Building, more especially regarding photovoltaic panels and solar boilers, heat pumps, saving energy, low temperature heating and ventilation.
The following activities will be carried out:
(1) Inventory and analysis of lesson- and training materials, competence profiles, legislation and the feasibility of transfer concerning the topics mentioned above;
(2) Adaptation and/or upgrading of competence profiles, materials, methods and approaches;
(3) Translation of product results into the languages of the partnership;
(4) Organising pilots for trainers and students of the organisations involved to test the project products;
(5) Realizing practical ICT solutions for using these lesson- and training materials more efficiently and effectively and for making them available for a wide range of users and beneficiaries throughout the EU
Outcomes
The project result will be that employees, students and unemployed people can upgrade their skills regarding sustainable/renewable energy and that they’re more successful and competitive on the labour market.
 
Impact
Starting point for the realisation of the central aim – and hence the project activities – is the daily professional practice and the experiences therein with work tasks, skills and competences in the sustainable energy sector. As the valorisation activity is executed, a cascade effect will occur because the transfer of the innovations will be taken over by countries who are not yet involved in the new technologies.

Project activities will have the following impact on the various levels:

• Individual level (users and potential users of project results):
- a durable improved access to the job market for target groups
- improved mobility;
- improved employability;
- durable guarantee to Life-Long-Learning and support of the process;
- more flexible usability;
- validation of informally, non-formally or formally acquired competences.
- current craftsmen and current students to complete their studies

• Company level (in general):
- Increased competitiveness on the market;
- Increasing flexibility and mobility of employees, widening usability of employees;
- Durable participation in the process of Life-Long-Learning of employees;
- Embedding within national and European framework;

• Sector level:
- Increased competitiveness on the market;
- Increasing flexibility and mobility of employees, widening usability of employees;
- Durable participation in the process of Life-Long-Learning of employees;
- Reinforced embedding within national and European framework;
- Transferability of project experiences and experiences to other sectors and target groups
- Providing a safe and environmentally-friendly world


• National level:
- Embedding national qualification structures in a transparent accepted European system, thus enlarging the civil effect of own qualification structures;
- Better perspective for connecting to West-European market for (in particular) new EU member states;
- Recognisable qualification structure for branches on national level.

• European level:
- Industry driven qualifications: transferable to other sectors;
- Development of European Qualification:
- Disclosing and making the European Qualificationa practically applicable and recognisable for the sustainable energy sector and other sectors;
- Improved competitive position and decisiveness of European industry and employees;
- Improved mobility of Europe’s labour potential;