The Irish Green Building Council has announced today (29.01) a four weeks comment period on its initial set of recommendations for energy renovation upskilling of building professionals.
Commenting on the launch of this consultation period, Pat Barry, CEO, IGBC said: “The Irish Green Building Council is delighted to work with Ireland’s main construction institutes on ways to incentivise building professionals to upskill in energy efficiency”.
“As all new buildings must be Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) by 2021, we are exploring the opportunity of introducing a user-friendly energy efficiency accreditation system for building professionals, to incentivise them to upskill in the area”.
Recommendations include the development of a simple and stable certification system that would be trusted by both consumers and the industry, hence creating a momentum for upskilling. Furthermore, a flexible accredited pathway to upskilling should be developed to allow building professionals to easily identify the skills they are missing and how they can acquire them.
The recommendations emerged from a comprehensive consultation process during 2017 with a wide range of almost 90 stakeholders conducted by the IGBC. A copy of the recommendations can be downloaded here. The consultation is open till Tuesday, 20th February and will be followed by a final workshop on Tuesday 13th March. Interested parties are invited to provide feedback on this document and process to Marion@igbc.ie.
The project is partly funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.