EU Projects to watch: NEWCOM
Transparency Regarding New Competences for Professionals Working on nZEBs
NEWCOM is a European-wide project developing on the one hand training schemes to enable construction workers and building professionals to build the nearly zero-energy building (nZEB) standard and on the other hand a basis for the mutual recognition of the developed training schemes.
By NEWCOM trainings construction workers will be skilled to construct the nearly zero-energy building and to renovate the existing building stock up to a very high energy standard. Furthermore building professionals will be qualified to ensure the energy standard qualities of renovated and new buildings.
According to the actual needs of the partner countries NEWCOM developed training schemes for the correct execution of flat roofs and ventilation installations. Moreover training schemes for the quality control accompanying the planning and construction process to construct or renovate buildings according to the nZEB standard were developed.
As basis for the mutual recognition of the developed training schemes, a database of competences (pilot version) was developed. Here the gained knowledge, skills and competences of professionals can be collected. Professionals who have passed trainings or companies who have trained craftsmen can be registered in this database. This way professionals and/or companies can promote themselves or their work. Moreover companies in search of qualified professionals can compare competences of registered craftsmen.
NEWCOM serves building owners, construction workers, building professionals as well as national and international authorities. The building industry profits from the up-skilled construction workers and building professionals by the European wide visualisation of their skills. Building owners benefit from low energy costs and high indoor comfort. National and international authorities profit in reaching the ambitions national and international climate protection targets.
The project started in September 2017 and runs till August 2020.