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BIM-based EU -wide Standardized Qualification Framework for achieving Energy Efficiency Training

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - BIMEET (BIM-based EU -wide Standardized Qualification Framework for achieving Energy Efficiency Training)

Reporting period: 2018-09-01 to 2020-02-29

The European Construction sector is facing unprecedented challenges to achieve ambitious energy efficiency objectives, in a context dominated by reduced investments, search for cost effectiveness and high productivity. Moreover the industry is experiencing its digital revolution, with Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach gaining significant interest across Europe. Member states implement very different approaches through regulations and maturity targets, which always face the traditional low-tech and informal practices of construction businesses (a sector dominated by SMEs).
BIMEET project leverages the take-up of ICT and BIM through a significant upgrade of the skills and capacities of the EU construction workforce. This project is built around a strong consortium relying on educational and research & technology expertise, robust experience of accrediting bodies, training supply chain and a wide engagement of industry led best practice.
Through its actions the project (a) paves the way to a fundamental step change in delivering systematic, measurable and effective energy efficient buildings through BIM training; (b) promotes a well-trained world leading generation of decision makers, practitioners, and blue collars; and (c) establishes a platform for training.
Its principal outputs are 1) a skills matrix related to BIM and energy efficiency, harmonized thanks to EQF standard, and 2) a training platform contributing to disseminate the results.
WP2 is built as a research-driven work package. It consisted in defining requirements for BIM and energy efficiency as well as stating the gaps in terms of training. Initial research enabled to gather evidences of the use of BIM for energy efficiency through literature review, case studies gathering and interviews. This approach enabled defining initial statements and conclusions (D2.1).
Then a benchmarking of existing EU-wide Building Information Modelling (BIM) training across the building value chain has been performed. This phase of the project involved highlighting energy efficiency linkages; identifying qualification targets and accreditation/labelling mechanisms, whilst highlighting training gaps and enhancement potential (D2.2). Finally, recognising the emergence of new roles and the dynamic nature of the skills required by the industry, the team deployed an approach based on data analytics techniques. Social media analysis has been used alongside standards, use-cases, interviews and scientific publications datasets as a method to collect roles and skills in order to inform future BIM practices and promote improved BIM training and education.
The pieces of knowledge produced through these tasks are reported gradually on the a semantic web-based portal deployed for BIMEET Community which purpose is to disseminate energy efficient practices and community engagement and to provide support for building managers in implementing energy efficient optimization plans.

WP3 tasks delivered a robust contribution to the body of knowledge associated with BIM and EE roles and responsibilities, as well as a extensive listing of training-related learning outcomes, extracted from significant BIM & energy regulations and guidelines. The adaptation effort conducted in T3.3 aimed to align it to national overlays, in the consortium countries. It concluded that the main challenge is to focus in the energy efficiency and sustainability benefits which can be gained from the development of new generation of BIM training courses. The e-learning alternative is growing in the educational sector and existing platforms and methodologies can take advantage of the integration of BIM to BEM oriented training. The partners oriented their effort in this direction and delivered e-learning training schemes at the end of the project (reported in D3.4) as foreseen in the amendment requested to the European Commission to extend the project duration.

The 4th work package allowed LIST, Cardiff University and CEA LIST (TP of INES Formation) to deliver an advanced BIMEET platform, composed of both the community portal and the tangible application. These tools are key in disseminating knowledge and structuring a professional community around BIM and energy training. BIMEET funding was essential in achieving this, as was the prior BIM4VET project, as will be the upcoming INSTRUCT project.

In WP5, the labelling process has been established and tested by professional training providers. The exploitation paths have been extensively discussed and analysed, leading to a comprehensive and ambitious plan for transferring the label to an organisation that would be in charge of it. Discussions are still ongoing within the consortium and might be opened externally if needed. Sustainability of this exploitation is highly related to the feasibility of expanding this label to EU level, as there are clearly interest at national levels (at least in the participating countries).
WP6 started very early in the project with the development of the website and the first leaflet, as well as the definition of target groups in each country, the material to be disseminated and the communication media to be used. Communication actions took the form of web articles, written paper in magazines, scientific papers writing, presentations in conferences and spreading the platform. In particular, one can notice the organisation of national workshops, seminars for students as well as training modules delivered in the consortium countries. Thanks to the amendment, extending BIMEET duration, the team was able to address e-learning too, which became in the meantime a quite strong trend especially within the consortium training institutes.
The BIMEET EQF, formulated in WP4, relies on 1) the identification of roles and responsibilities and 2) the formulation of learning outcomes (LOs).
Regarding 1) we used cutting-edge methodology based on data analytics as well as a systematic review of BIMtoBEM workflows in order to rely on state-of-the-art software tools to provide reliable training schemes.
The formulation of LOs (2) was based on a systematic and unique review of BIM guidelines and regulations. A wide and comprehensive list of LOs was produced, organised by the partners and reviewed with our EEAB members.

BIMEET project partners have developed technologies providing service for trainings and competence development in the area of BIM enabled energy management. community portal, BIMEET training repository and the tangible table enabling the development of new courses are key technological results contributing to pushing BIM and Energy Efficiency training closer to the market.

Training courses have been organised by the education/ training institutes of BIMEET consortium: INES in France, HoT in Luxembourg, BIM Design Hub in Greece and Metropolia in Finland. In addition to organising training courses the BIMEET consortium developed two eLearning materials/ courses: 1. BIM for energy efficiency of buildings, and 2. BIM for energy performance certificate. Total participants reached is 293 students and professionals. The planned training courses will reach 690 and BIMEET eLearning around 2920 students and professionals by the end of year 2020. Total participants and audiences would include around 3900 students and professionals.