Building Resilience and Sustainability to Extreme Weather Events

Regarding to the European Green Deal, the European Commission published five communications, which are likely to have an impact on skills development in Europe, including a European Skills Agenda. Construction enterprises (esp. SMEs) often require highly specialized candidates and request highly specialized vocational Education and Training (VET) programmes. A comprehensive VET programme is lacking that can teach key methodologies to choose the best solutions to respond to these challenges required to move to a low carbon, resource-efficient, and climate-resilient economy by 2050.

The BEWARE project was born from the need to qualify engineers and other professionals in the construction industry for the job market in line with the requirements of the European Green Deal based on technology – sustainable – resilience, knowledge, and skills. BEWARE will present practical cases, where different solutions for building envelope will be studied and discussed, in line with EU legislation (e.g., Ecodesign, Energy Performance of Buildings, Waste, etc.), recommendations and strategies (e.g., nearly zero-energy buildings, environmental product declarations, circular economy, wellbeing, and sustainable growth strategy).

BEWARE project have 4 major outcomes:

1- VET training programme is based on 6 modules, where trainees can choose(s) which module(s) is/are relevant for their professional activity among:

  • Module 1 – Ecodesign and social needs,
  • Module 2 – Insulation materials,
  • Module 3 – Nature-based and waste-based solutions,
  • Module 4 – Energy efficiency and economic assessment,
  • Module 5 – Digitalisation,
  • Module 6 – Risk assessment.

2- BEWARE VET Digital training platform and the development of training materials and resources: will serve as information support and will provide a database of articles, resources, tools, and cases available for professionals to expand their knowledge. BEWARE Platform will also provide a rich, experiential experience enabling learners to understand the choices they have at their disposal and the implications of them.

3- BEWARE Practicum with case studieswill address the challenges learners face when starting with Building Resilience and Sustainability to Extreme Weather Events, and will serve as an inspiration to them when dealing with real-life scenarios, by presenting good real-life examples, best practice examples, and case studies of professionals and organizations who have experience in the field.

4- BEWARE Guidelines and Policy Recommendationswill set out the economic and social benefits of extending the BEWARE project to a wider European audience. The report will set out a series of concrete recommendations and arguments and build the case for a national and European-wide strategy promoting and extending the use of BEWARE in many organizations that want to improve employee’s skills in Building Resilience and Sustainability to Extreme Weather Events.

Throughout the project, via the implementation of the project dissemination strategy as well as the 6 multiplier events, stakeholders, including other employing organizations from both the public and private sector, VET/HE institutes, and business /enterprise support agencies, will be made aware of the project results. They will be exposed to a series of core messages via the project website, e-newsletters, blog posts, and articles. Globally the project expects to involve directly in its activities along with the project development of about 100 professionals, 50 organizations and owner/managers/entrepreneurs, and 10 key actors (governmental organizations, decision-makers) in Portugal, Germany, N. Macedonia and Spain.

INaB will provide training materials, a digital platform, videos, guidelines, tools, internships, and resources for Module 1 – Ecodesign and Social Needs as part of the vocational training program. The use of proven tools and processes, along with the peer-review system, will ensure highest quality standards. Furthermore, it promotes the efficient utilization of resources and energy, encompassing recycling, remanufacturing, and refurbishment, while considering user needs and the building’s lifecycle. Upon completing this module, participants will be capable of supporting decision-making processes toward a more sustainable built environment and assessing the ecological and social impacts of building lifecycles in various contexts and sectors.

Resilience Sustainability-building Nexus Workshop, Digital Training platform, Practicum with case studies: INaB provides insights into research projects at RWTH Aachen University, particularly within the Faculty of Civil Engineering, with a strong emphasis on resilience. Participants will gain tools and methods for sustainability assessment, with the goal of establishing sustainability and resilience within the construction sector. They will engage in exploring new teaching methodologies and innovative approaches to digitalization, visit RWTH Aachen University facilities, and participate in a workshop on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA).

Funded by:

Ing. Rose Nangah Mankaa
Tel.: +49 241 80 22763

Manouchehr Shokri M.Sc.

Tel: +49 241 80 22766