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A highly skilled building workforce is necessary in order for the construction industry to contribute to energy efficient buildings and climate 20-20-20 targets. The construction sector needs to prepare for delivering new nearly zero energy buildings as well as renovations offering a high-energy performance.Build Up Skills Norway brought together stakeholders from the Norwegian construction industry and made it possible to share a common position with the different central authorities dealing with energy and education issues.The main objective for Build Up Skills Norway was to identify actions for education, training and life-long learning for on-site construction workers on energy efficient building and use of renewable energy. The consortium delivered three main reports. The status quo analysis describes the current situation regarding the energy competence amongst on-site workers, new necessary skills and barriers. Secondly, a roadmap describing necessary actions on education and life-long learning was developed. Finally, following discussions amongst relevant stakeholders, a report describing the implementation of the actions was delivered.


  • The status quo analysis shows that the knowledge on EE and RES in buildings is variable - or even inadequate - amongst craft workers. However, there is a significant interest to learn more about these topics. The main barriers against participation in life-long learning are: lack of time, high costs and centralized courses. The first step to finding solutions is to get acceptance from the construction industry that such competences are actually lacking and that they are important.
  • National qualification platform and stakeholder engagement: Total number of organisations participating in the platform: - from the vocational training sector: 3 (in the reference group) - from the building sector: 6 - from the energy sector: 1 Number of meetings organised: 23 meetings Relevant partners to the project have signed endorsement letters in order to ensure the sustainability of the project.
  • Outcomes of the National Report on training needs and gaps (status quo report): Number of workers involved in the (construction/building/craftsmen and other on-site workers): 109.000 Number of workers requiring training: 50.000 Number of workers currently trained: 12.000 Professions with the highest needs: Carpenters, plumbers, heating and ventilating contractors.
  • A national roadmap towards 2020, describes actions and measures necessary to secure a highly skilled building workforce on energy efficient building and use of renewable energy, hence promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the construction industry. The national roadmap is based on the results from the status quo analysis. The roadmap proposes a complete overview of what can be done, and describes a strategy focusing on the most relevant actions.
  • Finally, an endorsement report, describing how the proposed actions can be implemented today and in the future, by taking into account the findings from the status quo analysis and the roadmap.

Lessons learned

  • To identify competence goals for different trades in the construction industry through the Build Up Skills project is an important step. The partners must now act in concert to get those implemented in learning plans.
  • It is important to focus to some strategic measures. The strategic measures from the roadmap, and the concrete measures described in the implementation plan, are destined to overcome some of the barriers identified in the status quo analysis.
  • It is important to get endorsement letters so as to ensure the sustainability of the project. Other ideas might also serve this goal, as for instance a competence indicator which will monitor the competence of blue collars.

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The National office of building technology and administration
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Mathieu Veulemans
+47 45274207


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11/11/2011 to 10/05/2013
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