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The project addressed qualification needs for the construction sector as a first step in order to support the development of a national strategy for Romania, including recommendations for the certification, qualification or training of craftsmen involved in energy efficiency and installers of RES systems in buildings.The intended approach was to gather in a common platform all relevant stakeholders, in building and training sectors in Romania, and to work together in a consultation process with a view to define a coherent strategy and roadmap to embed training on intelligent energy solutions for buildings in the mainstream curricula and practice of building professionals, taking into account the expected contribution of the building sector to the national 2020 targets and the requirements for nearly "zero-energy buildings".Based on the active consultation and involvement of the key actors, the national roadmap was defined and endorsed by relevant authorities and stakeholders with a commitment to carry out and implement the proposed strategy.


  • Initiation of the Romanian qualification platform, by bringing together all relevant stakeholders in the building and education sectors, in a sustained and inclusive consultation process;
  • A complete analysis of the current status of the building sector regarding the continuing education and training in energy efficiency and renewable use, by defining the need for qualified workers in the building sector by 2020;
  • A general strategy for the training of building workforce needed to achieve the 2020 energy targets in buildings;
  • Set up national qualification roadmap for achievement of the 2020 energy targets as regards the continuing education and training of the workforce in the building sector, endorsed by key stakeholders;
  • Active participation in the European exchange activities, with an active sharing of information and peer-review with BUILD UP Skills Italy and Hungary project.

Lessons learned

  • Interdisciplinary productive dialogue is a must, to involve stakeholders in different professional/expertise fields, i.e. construction sector, education and vocational training, energy efficiency and RES use, representing both authorities and building industry at different administrative levels (e.g. national, regional).
  • New forms of communication and cooperation among and with stakeholders (e.g. panel discussions, focus group meetings, using existing networks of professionals) are required to conduct an effective consultation process, collecting the necessary information for the status quo analysis and building the ground for the future process of defining and putting the roadmap into action.
  • While the Roadmap is defined and a concrete action plan was drawn up, the effective implementation of priority measures and activities depends on the commitment of each stakeholder to change the current practice and to follow the vision to use energy efficiency and RES use in buildings as a potential solution to economic re-launching of the construction sector. The key to a successful application of the Roadmap is to build up common projects, to widen the impact of the envisaged results.

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URBAN-INCERC National Institute for Research & Development in Construction
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Horia Petran


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01/11/2011 to 30/04/2013
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