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.
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The SDAR Awards is a joint initiative between CIBSE Ireland and TU Dublin, supported by Building Services News. The awards are unique in that they are intended to disseminate knowledge, encourage research in sustainable design of the built environment and raise the quality of innovation and evaluation of such projects. Entries are required to critically evaluate real life data, and examine both successes and challenges within leading-edge projects throughout Ireland or further afield. This competition is open to architects, engineers and all professionals involved in construction projects, as well as postgraduate students.
Short abstracts (between 100 and 200 words max) for entry into the awards are now being sought and must be submitted by Monday, 17 February 2020, via email directly to Michael McDonald (Lecturer) of TU Dublin and CIBSE Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that the built environment has well and truly regained full momentum, and is delivering many award-winning projects, this unique synergy between industry and academia allows greater potential for integration of modern low-carbon technologies and low energy design methodologies.
The SDAR* Awards competition is intended to create a platform for the growth of applied research in the area of sustainable design. Post Occupancy Evaluations (POEs) and similar critical appraisal of low-energy projects facilitate the transition from ideologically-driven innovations, sometimes offering poor value, to evidence-based applied research that proves value or identifies weaknesses that the industry can learn from. These successes and failures help inform the professional community across all the building industry disciplines.
From the abstracts submitted by the 17 February 2020 deadline, a shortlist will be selected by peer review, and those selected will be invited to prepare final papers by March 2020.
Candidates that present at the awards and also have a chance of publishing their papers in the SDAR Journal (arrow.dit.ie/sdar/)
This year’s final will take place in March/April 2020 in one of TU Dublin’s campuses. For further information contact: