The project initiative is aimed at providing professional training in the application of renewable energy (RE) technologies in buildings with particular emphasis on solar architecture. The target groups are professionals and post-graduate students. Training is offered both through a series of further education teaching events and through an existing European Masters Degree Course. This project is part financed by the European Commission DG Tren Altener
The consortium includes Educational Institutions who have co-operated to produce a European Masters course in Integration of RE into Buildings (IREB) and institutions concerned with the promotion of Solar and other renewable energies who have experience in the provision of transnational training events in Solar Architecture.
The main goals of this project are:
- To produce multi-lingual teaching packages for the modules included in the Masters Course. These will be open-source and available to teaching institutions outside the consortium and will facilitate the development of distance-learning options in the future.
- To organise three transnational training events, namely Academies for Solar Architecture, to assist the creation and development of a European point of reference for solar architecture.
- To, through the above mentioned, assist four short to long-term European sustainable energy objectives, namely to :
- overcome the shortage of trained personnel in this field;
- promote the transfer of expertise from well-known European experts to participants looking at different European climates and cultural influences.
- assist in increasing awareness about the potential of regional local resources and RETs in improving energy efficiency and reducing environmental pollution through buildings;
- acquaint international students with EU products and design methods in this developing field for commercial exploitation.
- To facilitate international publicity for the European Masters Course, the Academies and the teaching packages. This publicity is intended to complement the normal (often nationally based) publicity for university courses and to be aimed at drawing on a wider European and non-European audience. The aim is to maximise the impact both within the EU (thus helping the EU to achieve its targets for the use of RE) and beyond the EU (to encourage the use of EU RE technology world wide).
Throughout the initiative there are three focal points, which are the dissemination of good practice on implementation activities, the development and distribution of educational materials on energy issues in different languages, and the promotion of public awareness on energy issues through different schools and their students in Europe.
- London Metropolitan University
- coordinator M.Wilson6@westminster.ac.uk
- University de La Rochelle
- Universitat Catalunya
- International Solar Energy Society
- University of Karlsrude
- xi Experts International GmbH
- ISES ITALIA