Master and Post-graduate Education and Training in Multi-disciplinary Teams Implementing EPBD and Beyond

In order to achieve the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the 20-20-20 targets set by the EU, it is necessary to design optimal energy efficient buildings by applying an integrated multidisciplinary design approach. This means that architects and specialists like mechanical, civil, and HVAC engineers, energy experts and installers should work together in multidisciplinary teams from the beginning of the design process to the end of the building process.

The IDES-EDU project intends to educate, train and deliver such specialists, both students and professionals working in the building sector, by the following steps:

Curricula and training programs (master courses and post graduate courses) to reflect the centrality of sustainable requirements in the creation of the built environment, including new methods of teaching that will equip students and professionals to work within a multidisciplinary and interdependent problem-solving framework.

Exchange and collaboration between the students and professionals, involved in these courses to come to a mutual exchange of experience, approach and understanding.

Certification and accreditation of the courses on national level as well as frameworks for European certification for participants and for buildings designed in multidisciplinary teams.

An intelligent dynamical and adaptive multimedia teaching portal to make the educational packages available to graduate students and building professionals in Europe at large.

Increasing European awareness, promoting implementation and commitment on Integral Sustainable Energy Design in the Built Environment by promotional campaigns in the building sector as well as by exchange programs between universities.

In IDES-EDU 15 renowned educational institutes will fulfil this need by developing these curricula and training programs for MSc students and Professionals for Integral Sustainable Energy Design of the Built Environment. These curricula will be developed within a European framework and further elaborated and implemented within national consortia in which educational institutes will collaborate with relevant key actors and stakeholders, such as representatives and/or branch organisations of the building sector (constructors, real estate developers, architects, building research institutes, utilities, suppliers, consultants) and accrediting bodies.

All EU member states will be addressed in this action by the university exchange programme involving 60 universities in all member states, starting from the 3rd year of the project.

For more information, see the project web site.

This project is supported by the European Commission under IEE – II.