On Tuesday, 12th Feb, Ireland’s National Renovation Upskilling Committee (Reno-NUC) was officially launched by Minister Damien English T.D. The objective of the committee is to encourage and facilitate construction workers and building professionals upskilling in energy renovation.
The inaugural meeting was convened by its chair Pat Barry, CEO of the Irish Green Building Council. Welcoming the council, Barry said:
“By renovating and improving the thermal efficiency of our building stock we can make our homes, offices and schools more comfortable and cheaper to run, while reducing our emissions. Yet, to renovate over a million homes by 2050, it’s critical that everyone in the industry acquire the skills to support and deliver holistic energy renovations. The launch of the committee is a key step forward in achieving this objective”.
Minister Damien English T.D. said: “The implementation of nZEB is a key action for the built environment in contributing to Ireland’s climate target. To turn this high-performance standard into reality on site we need a highly skilled construction workforce with a good understanding of the principles of energy efficiency, and the roles and responsibilities of interacting trades. I am delighted to be here today to continue to support construction skills development”.
Reno-NUC is composed of 14 members from the public and private sectors:
- Irish Green Building Council – Chair
- Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland
- Construction Industry Federation
- Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment
- Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
- Engineers Ireland
- Higher Education Authority
- Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers
- Limerick Institute of Technology
- National Standards Authority of Ireland
- Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
- Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland
- Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
- Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board