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MEnS — Result In Brief

Project ID: 649773
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.7.
Country: Italy
Domain: Energy

Developing energy-efficient competencies in tomorrow’s building managers

The EU-funded MEnS project developed specialised training to teach architects and engineers how to retrofit housing stock to meet Near-Zero Energy Building standards.
Developing energy-efficient competencies in tomorrow’s building managers
The EU-funded MEnS (Meeting of Energy Professional Skills) project focuses on developing the professional skills that building managers need to create and operate more energy efficient buildings. “I really care a lot about this project because it is so important to develop professional skills, and particularly those of women pursuing a career in architecture and engineering,” says project coordinator Daniela Melandri. “We accomplished this by providing a series of accredited training activities that have been developed by nine universities and three leading market players in the field of Near-Zero Energy Buildings, or NZEB.”

The integrated, interdisciplinary MEnS training programme involved a combination of nationally accredited professional courses, e-learning and webinars and real case studies. The bulk of the training focused on teaching these professionals how to retrofit housing stock for NZEB standard. Through the training, the project aimed to increase the use of renewables by at least 29 GWh/year.

Project researchers also worked closely with the PROF/TRAC project, another EU-funded project focusing on providing training to future NZEB trainers. Considering the complimentary nature of their activities, the two projects organised several joint workshops.

Big numbers

In total, the MEnS project provided over 5 500 hours of training, successfully increasing the knowledge and skills of over 1 206 building managers located in ten European countries. Of particular note is the project’s focus on developing the skills of women and unemployed engineers and architects. Over 50 % of the training participants were female, and 33 % were unemployed. “This was an amazing result, well over what we had initially expected,” says Melandri.

To disseminate the project’s outcomes, MEnS benefited from a partnership with RTBF, the Belgian public television broadcaster. RTBF produced a range of audio-visual material, including training videos, webinars, live broadcasts of the conferences and documentaries of the case studies – many of which were also shared via Facebook. These actions significantly expanded the project’s reach. On facebook alone the videos were watched by 28 000 viewers and more than 1 500 people followed the webinars.

Work continues

Even after the project’s close, its impact continues. For example, the various universities that participated in the project have each committed to continue to provide training for NZEB students and professionals. Furthermore, MEnS researchers have established an official association, USE Efficiency, in order to structure possible future collaborations between the project partners.

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MEnS, energy efficient building, NZEB, RTBF
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