Joint research

Joint research

Pioneering construction skills for collaboration towards sustainable  energy and efficient zero energy buildings

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Project Objectivies:

    • Improve energy efficiency through the use of BIM: processes, better materials, products and energy sources
    • Engage with the entire construction sector supply chain to raise awareness of how BIM can drive sustainable energy efficiency at all stages of the process.
    • Encourage upskilling to achieve better employability and energy efficiency through a blended training  programme.
    • Create clear pathways for SME’s to upskill from any starting point to support sustainable energy efficient construction
    • Develop a European Framework recognised and accredited with BIMcert’s Learning Modules

Target Group:

    • Supply chains manufactures, especially pre-fabrication and modular construction manufactures
    • Design Teams (architects, engineers, etc.)
    • Construction and installation works SMEs and their associations
    • Estates& Facility managers
    • Housing Executives
    • Universities and training centers including teachers, trainers, VET providers

Period of project implementaiton:

March 2018 - October 2019

Budget Line:

Horizont 2020 Work Programme: Clean, Secure and Efficient Energy

Project Partners:

  1. Belfast Metropolitan College, UK (Lead Partner)
  2. Construction Industry Training Board, UK
  3. Dublin Institute of Technology, RI,
  4. Future Analytics Consulting, RI,
  5. Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
  6. Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar, Croatia
  7. Institute for Research in Environment, Civil Engineering and Energy, Macedonia.
  8. Macedonian Chamber of Certified Architects and Engineers is one of the Project Industry Associated Partners

Join BIMcert

    • Participate in the survey – second stage
    • Follow the Project web site
    • Follow us on social networks
    • Express  interest to participate in the pilot group for testing of training models and tools
    • Contact us – Macedonian partner (IECE) contacts:


    • State of the Art– conduction of a survey on industry needs and gaps,
    • BIM communication and education platform design and development
    • Development of training concepts and methodologies, together with training models and tools  draft materials for pilot testing
    • Trials and evaluation to be conducted in the first half of 2019,
    • Accreditation, by a widely recognized awarding body,
    • Dissemination and exploitation of project results


    • Increase in the number of skilled construction workers (000 expected followers of the project; 250 SMEs engaged; 2.000 professionals  expressing interest to be trained; 1.000 professionals will be upskilled during the project trials and evaluation).
    • Improved collaboration and understanding across different trades and professional groups.
    • Demonstrated reduction in the gap (for at least 10%)between designed and actual energy performance through improved quality of design and construction.
    • Improved energy savings for at least 15% and increased share of renewable energy sources and recovered energy use for at least 5%, in  total energy consumption of the building, due to the Project actions.
    • Primary energy savings triggered by the Project:  30,328 GWh/year
    • Renewable energy production triggered by the Project: 2,744 GWh/year
    • Improved market recognition of skills, by a recognized certification scheme.