New Training Centre for nZEB
A training centre for nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB) was ceremonially opened on March 2017 in the premises of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) at a conference held with foreign participants, who toured the centre and its unique equipment. The centre will be available to all training course participants.
EU Member States have committed to building only nZEB from 2021 onwards. This has had a major influence on the construction industry and people working in the sector, who need to acquire new knowledge and skills. The increase in the number of nZEB and their share in the building fund should improve energy efficiency while reducing the impact of buildings on the environment.
Renowned Czech and foreign experts were invited to a conference entitled The Way Towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings to present their ideas about nZEB. Petr Kalaš, the vice-president of the Czech Business Council for Sustainable Development, had a presentation on the influence of energy performance of buildings on the environment and also talked about the strategy of CO2 reduction in accordance with the conclusions made at the Paris conference. The chairman of the ABF, Jan Fibiger, highlighted a programme called Building Industry 4.0 and its involvement in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which also includes usage of innovative technologies in the building industry.
Horia Petran, a Romanian guest and an expert from URBAN-INCERC, discussed nZEB development in Romania, the national calculation of cost optimum, and presented training centres in Bucharest and Brasov. Camille Sifferlen, an education expert from the Passivhaus Institut in Germany, described five principles of passive houses. „The concept of a nearly zero energy building can be understood as a passive house with installed renewable energy sources,“ she said.
Jiří Karásek, a representative of SEVEn, introduced the plans and goals of the training centre as well as other activities of the Train-to-NZEB project in the Czech Republic.
„In order to achieve real energy savings, the knowledge and skills of construction workers have to improve,“ Karásek said. František Doktor from the Slovak company ViaEuropa presented nZEB as a significant business opportunity and explained the economic potential of nZEB for the building sector. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of SEVEn, Jaroslav Maroušek, held a presentation on the European as well as national definition of nZEB and explained the cost optimum principles. „Nearly zero energy buildings correspond to the cost optimum in the Czech Republic,“ he said.
SEVEn, a company focusing on energy efficiency,has established a training centre in Prague designed for seminars, excursions and training courses. The centre is located on Wenceslas Square in the premises of the ABF and is part of an international network developed under the European project Train-to-NZEB. The training centre is equipped with four unique detail models of building structures, representing construction details (from the bottom to the roof) carried out in high energy standard. The structure and materials used are very progressive and indicate the future direction of modern construction. Other equipment includes an air-conditioner with heat recovery, a blower-door test, two multi-purpose infrared cameras and a CO2, temperature and humidity logger.
The training centre will serve as a venue for the practical part of educational courses complementing the theoretical preparation. Course participants will broaden their theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills. The courses started in April 2017.
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