Evidence-based market and policy instruments Implementation across EU to increase the demand for eNergy Skills across conSTRUCTion sector value chain

Project Manager:
Mohaddeseh Maktabifard
EU Project Manager | Architect I
Engineer for Smart Cities, French Branch

INSTRUCT intends to introduce changes in the requirements for construction workers to prove the close link between energy skills and the energy performance.

The Consortium creates a complete operational framework to increase the number of skilled building professionals and blue-collar workers in the renovation and construction value chain and offer a set of service to support raising awareness of home and building owners and tenants about the benefits of sustainable energy skills, and the public authorities for the development of new legislative frameworks.

7 European countries are represented by the 8 Partners of the Consortium that is led by ASM – Market Research and Analysis Centre Ltd. INSTRUCT is a 30 months project started on 1 June 2020, with a total budget of 1mln.

The Green Deal strategy, which aims to halt environmental degradation, calls for appropriate measures at many levels: from legislative changes to initatives in specific sectors. A particularly important sector is the construction industry which provides 18 million direct jobs and contributes to about 9% of the EU’s GDP. By making the sector more competitive, resource efficient and sustainable it will significantly contribute to green transformations and to achieving the EU targets.

Amongst INSTRUCT impacts, the crucial ones are:

Quantitative and qualitative evidences that corroborate the correlation between skills and education and energy performance and quality;
A set of tools and instruments facilitating the mutual recognition of energy skills and qualifications in the construction sector;
Real-world demonstrations of the usefulness and ease of use of the deployed instruments for recognition of energy skills and qualifications;
Dissemination and awareness raising actions in consortium members countries, scaled up to the wider Europe;
New legislative frameworks enabling reliance on skilled workers in public/private procurement.

R2M serves as the INSTRUCT innovation manager. In this capacity, R2M supports the exploitable result management process, shaping of IP and agreements along the innovation trajectory and shape business models options for the platform at large and for the results, as well as aligning with key EU policies. Through its network, R2M facilitates replication of INSTRUCT results beyond the end of the project. Moreover, R2M supports dissemination of data evidence to market actors as targeted by INSTRUCT. This external dissemination pathway is intended to take key external stakeholders through the process of awareness and understanding and ultimately to the state in which they will commit to further replicate the INSTRUCT outputs. Among key actions, R2M is co-organizer of the annual Sustainable Places (SP) conference and will position to showcase project results there via workshops and potential keynotes.