Technological University Dublin, in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College and an EU-wide consortium of partners, has secured funding for another EU BIM project to improve market demand and increase the energy performance of buildings by unlocking the huge latent potential of the construction workforce through stimulus and reward.
Digitalisation is a game-changing strategy that will empower the construction sector to thrive and deliver The expertise for sustainable energy skills. This will be the tool to stimulate demand. There is a direct correlation between digitalisation and energy efficiency as highlighted in the IEA energy efficiency conference in June 2019.
The project partners will stimulate and contribute to increasing the number of skilled building professionals and trades people by designing and introducing a certification scheme of digital construction skills, leveraging symbiotic with sustainable energy skills, delivered digitally, in an easy and accessible way.
This work is part of a wider EU group BIM Energy Performance Alliance (BIM-EPA) which is creating a digital library of tools, modules and blended materials to deliver in-built environment energy performance. BIM-EPA is a collaborative partnership with an EU-wide reach incorporating approximately 100 partners across 24 EU countries.
It also partners with the EU initiatives Building SMART and Build UP. The Alliance seeks to inspire demand for sustainable energy skills by providing clear up-skilling transactions and recognition of up-killing performed in The digitalisation of the construction sector.
Over the next six issues Building Services Engineering will feature a series of six articles on digitalisation, commencing overleaf with Digitalisation in the Built Environment, and to be followed by BIM Basics; Digital Transformations; The Need for Up-skilling within the Industry; The Benefits of a Digitally-informed and Empowered Workforce; and Stimulating the Demand for Skills.
This new project is an evolvement of the last BIM (Building Information Modelling) project and its BIM modules that Belfast Met also took the lead on (see page 38 of May/June 2021 issue). ARISE’s mission is to support the twin transition of the construction sector and to contribute to the European Recovery and ResiliencePlans 2021-2027, by providing the construction sector workforce with the digital and sustainable energy skills of the future.
ARISE will revolutionise the learning process by monetising skills development and learning exchange with a digital system based on skills recognition rather than accreditation. The training and transaction system developed by the project will reward learners as they achieve competence at a certain level with the crypto currency for skills exchange – CERTcoin – the innovative currency of skills and learning of the construction sector embracing today’s digital transformation benefits.
This reward based on skills and time credits will be stored in an Individual “Learning Account” and can be used, for example, as digital points accumulation in a skills barometer or for exchanging into valid certificates. It will be an easier, accessible, less time-consuming and still competitive way to up-skill blue and white collars, as well as the market demand side in public administration, clients and owners.
Paul McCormack, BIMcert ProgrammeManager and Innovation Manager at Belfast Met
BIM is a key part of the fourth revolution (digitalisation) of the AEC industry and an enabling tool for a cleaner and more sustainable built environment. This has been recognised by the European commission and a number of H2020-funded projects – including BIMcert – are focused on providing training frameworks and support to upskill the industry.
The BIMcert partners are Belfast Met, CITB, Future Analytics, Technological University Dublin (TU), IST/CERIS Portugal, IECE Macedonia and EIHP Croatia. Here Paul McCormack the BIMcert Programme Manager and Innovation Manager at Belfast Met, gives a summary on how BIM can effectively achieve sustainability and energy efficiency goals and targets, and explains why upskilling the industry is a key requirement.
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