The European Commission once again relies on the Fundación Laboral to lead the ‘Construye 2020+’ project

With a budget of 797,111, the six Spanish partners will work, over the next three years, for the promotion of ‘green’ employment in industry, promoting professional training and accreditation in Energy Efficiency (EE), Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Near Nil Energy Buildings (nZEB). The European Commission has just awarded the Fundación Laboral de la Construcción project “Construye 2020+. A new impetus for ‘green’ jobs, growth and sustainability”, part of the Horizon 2020 programme.

The joint entity has already successfully led two previous related projects: Build Up Skills Spain (2011-2013), with a budget of 423,808€; and Build Up Skills Spain “Construye 2020” (2013-2016), with 826,770€; both belonging to the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme, in its 2011 and 2012 calls, respectively.

This project aims to take a further step in the transition towards an efficient, sustainable and competitive construction industry by defining and developing an updated training and accreditation scheme for professionals in ‘green’ skills. This scheme will address, in an articulated manner, the professional, market and customer barriers that stand in the way of the consolidation of Energy Efficiency (EE), Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Near Nil Energy Buildings (nZEB). It will be based on mixed training (face-to-face and online), which will also transversally incorporate two fundamental subjects in the innovative development of the industry: the BIM and Lean methodologies.

As in previous projects, the institutions that make up the consortium are Spanish. On this occasion, the following are taking part: the Eduardo Torroja Institute of Construction Sciences, belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the Fundación Estatal para la Formación en el Empleo (Fundae), the Instituto Nacional de las Cualificaciones (Incual), belonging to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, the Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos (Circe), attached to the University of Zaragoza, and the Instituto de Robótica y Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación (IRTIC), attached to the University of Valencia.

Contribution to alleviate the threats of climate change, from Training

Climate change and environmental degradation represent real threats to economic growth, human societies and ecological sustainability. Europe’s leading role in the fight against climate change is based on the European Union’s (EU) energy and climate objectives for 2020 (at least 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990; at least 20% of renewable energy consumed in the EU; at least 20% improvement in energy efficiency). Buildings play an important role in achieving these targets, as they contribute to 40% of the EU’s final energy demand.

The construction industry has in its hand to help mitigate these threats, among other actions, from Training. Therefore, the objectives set out in Construye 2020+ in this line are:

  • Development of an integrated and updated common training framework, based on the Quintuple Helix innovation model, a cooperation model between academia, business, government and civil society, which allows the participation of key actors for the definition of national priorities in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.
  • Recognition and improvement of the capacities and competences in EE, RES and nZEB of professionals, for their continuous development, through technologies, Open Educational Resources (OER) and tools for collaborative work procedures, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean Construction.
  • Involvement of SMEs to increase a leading sustainable construction market, through their participation in worker training, through a ‘green’ SME incubator.
  • Creation of a new sectoral competence standard for sector professionals and key operators, recognising know-how in EE, RES and nZEB in the construction industry, with a system of mutual recognition of competences (called ‘Green Tag’) according to the learning outcomes framework of the European Qualification Framework (EQF).
  • Development of the Energy Auditor qualification, to meet the needs in the field of training to develop a new energy audit qualification (Directive 2012/27/EU) and respond to the market, to offer a certified service.
  • Development of effective awareness-raising, dissemination and transfer actions to reach all key actors and target groups (students, workers, market, end customers) and maximise the impact of the proposed measures across national borders.
Established precedents: Build 2020, a success story in Europe

The project “Construye 2020” was presented by the director general of the Fundación Laboral de la Construcción, Enrique Corral, as a successful case in the European Forum of the Strategy for the Competitiveness of the Sector, on March 6, 2017.

Similarly, following the success of the “Construye 2020 Route” of the second pillar of Build Up Skills Spain, this third phase, Construye 2020+, will also have a final dissemination campaign, which will tour several Spanish cities, in which the results will be presented to citizens and authorities.