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The large contribution expected from the building sector to the 2020 energy and climate change objectives calls for many efforts. One important effort is to increase the number of highly-qualified on-site ‘blue collar’ workers through further education/training to increase their skills in building nearly zero energy building using renewable energy and low energy renovations of buildings. The objectives are to analyse the national status quo, determine the necessary skills and associated barriers, develop a roadmap and platform, and to endorse the activities. Added value will be created at the European level through targeted exchange activities. The status quo will comprise the current situation regarding continuing education/training in the building sector, the current status of the building sector, current and planned policies and strategies for education/training and energy. The main characteristics/problems with low energy buildings and low energy renovation, skills required on-site and how to overcome associated barriers will be determined. The platform is already established by a strong consortium and strong reference group.


  • Definitions of the target groups that are priority for training/qualification schemes/certification measures, incentives and drivers that will make these initiatives attractive and powerful for each target group and the scope, content and learning outcomes of new or complementary training/qualification schemes/certifications
  • Quantification of the numbers to be trained in each category of workers to each skill level, and the strategy for providing that training in order to reach the targets.
  • Identification – according to the needs of the different sectors – of priority measures (new qualification schemes and/or update of existing schemes) related to the various professions to meet the defined targets.
  • A roadmap with priority measures, actions, timeline until 2020, resources, responsibility for implementation, resources for implementation, necessary accompanying measures. Modell for monitoring the progress of the proposed activities.
  • Endorsement of the roadmap by relevant authorities and stakeholders with the commitment to carry out and implement the proposed actions.

Lessons learned

  • In Sweden, 300000 people are employed in the construction sector with 11000 SMEs one-man firms active in the sector.
  • If all new build is to satisfy the requirements for low-energy use, and all renovations are to be improved so that they meet the minimum requirements with regard to energy performance in 2020, this means that approximately 100,000 craftsmen will have to undergo vocational development within the next 8 years. According to a first analysis an acceptable period for education is thought to be 1-3 whole days. At least 500 specially trained instructors will be required for this.
  • The basic training for skilled workers needs to be supplemented with training related to low-energy buildings. At least 1,500 instructors will be required for this.

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Swedish Energy Agency
Contact point: 
Sonja Ewerstein
0046 16 544 2207
Anna Pettersson
+46 (16) 5442037


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04/11/2011 to 03/05/2013
Contract number: 
IEE/11/BWI/443 - SI2.604348

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