As part of the sub-programme “Energy efficiency” within the European program “Horizon 2020” on September 27-28.2018, in the Alexander Palace Hotel two days kick-off conference took place for the Project “Toward market-based skills for sustainable energy efficient construction” (TRAINEE).
The event was opened and moderated by Jadranka Arizankovska, senior advisor in the Economic Chamber of Macedonia and coordinator of the “TRAINEE” Project, and she greeted the guests, presented the speakers and the panelists and highlighted the importance of the project, stating that the main objective of the Project is to improve the skills of the construction professionals- architects, engineers and construction workers for constructing energy efficient facilities.
Zoran Shapurikj, PhD, minister without portfolio, responsible for the regulation for the improvement of the investment climate for the domestic companies, addressed at the event and stated that the “TRAINEE” Project is important for the country because it has an objective to offer forms of upgrade of the skills of the employees in the construction sector, in the whole value chain (architects, engineers, technicians and direct construction workers), as well as to train 720 qualified workers for EE (280 professionals and 440 direct construction workers), as well as 60 workers on renewable sources of energy. The preparation of the methodology for identification of the previous knowledge will have a particular contribution and can be applied for other vocations in the other industries.
The Republic of Macedonia has taken the responsibility to fulfill the objectives of the EU Strategy 20/20/20 (20% energy saving, 20% lower gas emission and 20% participation of the renewable sources of energy), i.e. it has committed to fulfill the following targets: by 2020 it should reach 14,5% of energy savings compared to the average consumption in the period 2002-2006, in the period from 2010 to 2020 to decrease the CO2 emissions by 5.792 ktCO2 and for the renewable sources of energy to participate with 21% in the final energy consumption in 2020- stated the Minister Shapurikj.
- The Government of the Republic of Macedonia remains strongly committed to the continuous dialogue with the chambers, the business sector, the experts and associations and will continue to provide institutional support in the implementation of the regulation for this project as well- added Mr. Shapurikj.
Tomo Cerovshek, PhD, took part, an expert in energy efficiency from Slovenia, took part in the first panel discussion on: “Training for the engineers and workers as an element of sustainable energy efficient buildings”.
Hristina Spasevska, PhD, professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies with SS “Cyril and Methodius” University- Skopje and president of the Engineering Institution of Macedonia, stated that in order for the number of energy efficient buildings to be increased in Macedonia it is necessary to have a trained workforce on the labor market. Therefore, an Educational Center will be established within the Project that is to create conditions for a continuous process of training of the workers, technicians and engineers.
Vangelis Rosios, an engineer in the VITS Institute- BIM Academy, Spain took part in the second panel discussion on: “Introduction of building information modeling- BIM” and the objective of this panel was to make the energy efficient buildings more visible.
Risto Ivanov, president of the Association of Businesses and Consultants “Kreacija” from Skopje, stated that the use of the experiences of the EU member- states via the Project will contribute to the application of the building information modeling at a national level. “BIM” is an intelligent process/platform for the cooperation and making the structure, projecting, modeling, planning in the architecture, construction and other engineering stages. The introduction of “BIM” at a national level is one of the requests for the new public procurement rules of the European Commission in the construction sector.
Andrea Serafimovski, president of the Association of construction and industry of building materials and non-metals within the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, stated that the Economic Chamber of Macedonia for a longer period of time has been included in the realization of projects for the development of the capacities in the construction sector with the objective to implement the energy efficiency principles in the construction and to fulfill the objectives for sustainable energy development, which is in accordance with the Strategy for the promotion of the energy efficiency of the Republic of Macedonia until 2020.
- Undoubtedly, the energy efficiency also tackles the construction sector, as one of the sectors that propel the domestic economy, the participation of which in the gross domestic product varies from 8-12% in the past years. 4.814 active business entities are registered in the construction sector, which is 6, 7% of the total number of active business entities in the country and about 54.000 persons are working in the sectors, which is 7, 21% of the total employed people- stated Serafimovski.
In the past years the state undertook several activities to adopt provisions that regulate the energy efficiency issues in the construction sector. In that direction, a Rulebook on the energy characteristic of the buildings (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia” no. 94/2013) was adopted on the basis of the Energy Law (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia” no. 16/2011, no. 136/2011 and no.79/2013) with which an obligation was introduced in the structuring and performance of the buildings the provisions for minimum characteristics to be respected regarding the energy efficiency, i.e. the investor is obliged to provide a confirmation from a licensed energy controller that the project documentation is in accordance with the Rulebook on energy characteristics of buildings, prepared by a licensed energy controller and to deliver it together with the request for obtaining a permit to use it. The entrance into force of this law was supported by a training and giving accreditations to about 300 energy controllers and to about 70 legal entities licensed to prepare the above stated documents.
More than 120 participants took part in the event, which were representatives of the companies of the construction sector, producers of building materials, companies of the HCAC- heating, cooling and air-conditioning sector, structuring offices and certified controllers for energy efficiency.
It is expected about 200 construction companies, 4000 construction professionals and 9600 construction workers (numbers defined in the Roadmap for the development of energy efficiency skills) to be included in the “TRAINEE” Project, which is a serious number and the success implementation of the Project via the application of the “BIM” tools and of the energy efficiency parameters would mean creating new jobs, raising the construction quality, saving time and energy, raising the vocational skills of the employees in the companies, and, above all, increase of the competitiveness of the domestic companies and facilitating their performance on the European market and beyond. The overall support of “TRAINEE” for the application of the energy efficiency measures in the construction and measuring the savings will encourage the investors to increase the demand for EE construction in the Republic of Macedonia.
The “TRAINEE” Project started the process in the course of which the results that have already been achieved in the two previous projects- “Training of the construction workers on energy efficiency 2014-2016” and “Building energy efficiency skills 2012-13” for the development of training schemes and expansion of the trainings for the construction professionals- architects, engineers and technicians, will be upgraded.
Partners in the “TRAINEE” Project are: the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, as the main implementing partner, the Association of Businesses and Consultants “Kreacija- Skopje”, VITS- Institute-BIM Academy from Spain, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies within SS “Cyril and Methodius” University- Skopje, the Center for Education of Adults of Macedonia and the Engineering Institution of Macedonia (IMI). All partners will realize the planned activities in accordance with the dynamic and the tasks defined in the project.
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