Saint-Gobain launches free nZEB training courses
The Saint-Gobain Ireland Technical Academy is adding to its existing training portfolio by launching a series of free nZEB modular courses. Starting this July, these innovative nZEB courses will offer those working in construction in Ireland a chance to upskill, free of charge, in an increasingly regulated area of the construction industry.
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The EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Recast (EPBD) requires all new buildings to be nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB) by 31st December 2020, with Irish building regulations set to enforce these requirements from 2019, ahead of the deadline.
Upskilling is vital in the construction industry, as demonstrated by a recent survey of 250 construction professionals, conducted by Saint Gobain. The survey highlighted that over one-third of industry professionals see a skills shortage as the biggest risk factor facing the industry over the next 10 years. An uplifting finding that came from the survey was that, even though the construction industry has gone through a difficult time over the last number of years, 68% of respondents are proud of the current work being done by the industry, with nearly 70% believing that there are suitable career opportunities in the industry.
Saint-Gobain recognises the importance of upskilling construction professionals and is committed to addressing the rising skills shortage. Over the last two years, the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy has trained and upskilled over 2,500 industry professionals free of charge at its technical academy.
Commenting on the nZEB course launch, Saint-Gobain Construction Products Ireland MD Brian Dolan said: “We are delighted to launch our new nZEB course today for construction professionals in Ireland. The next two years will see exceptional changes in the upskilling of the construction industry and Saint-Gobain is dedicated to leading the progression of best practice within the sector, particularly when it comes to improving energy efficiency in our built environment.’’
Irish Green Building Council CEO Pat Barry said: “Buildings have a significant role in the reduction of emissions in Ireland. It is essential that our buildings become more energy efficient and it is very encouraging to see Saint-Gobain implement educational initiatives that will assist in reducing emissions and improve energy efficiency.’’