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3rd Newsletter - May 2020

Welcome to the third Newsletter for BIMzeED, the EU funded project on developing Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education training material on BIM and NZEB.

For our updates, resources and more, visit our website, follow us on social media and come see us at any of the events in the near future.

BIMZeED on the spot!

Second National Steering group meetings of BIMzeED went digital.
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All partner countries conducted surveys in order to map the missing and necessary BIM and nZEB skills. Building on the results of the surveys in agreement with the partners ITeC developed the 12 modules presented.

During the second Spanish meeting of the National Steering Group (NSG) the Learning Units were presented. This Learning Units were created through the consensus between all partners of BIMzeED taking into account the skills that had emerged thanks to the analysis of needs of the sector comparing established skills from PROF/TRACK project and BuildingSmart.

The second BIMzeED National Steering Group in Ireland took place with 15 expert members from educators, trainers and industry.

On 31 March 2020 a virtual second meeting of the National Steering Group (NSG) was organised by the University of Zagreb Faculty of Civil Engineering.


BIMzeED in the spotlight in Croatia

I7th Annual Conference of the Croatian Roofers Association
The representative of the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb, prof. Ivana Banjad Pečur, presented the BIMzeED project at the 7th Annual Conference of the Croatian Roofers Association where 120 participants (craftsmen and producers) were introduced to the idea and the goals of the BIMzeED project.

BIMzeED project presented at the conference “nZEB in practice”
Organized by the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Zagreb and the Cluster for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Building Engineering –, a conference “nZEB in Practice: Designing Buildings according to nZEB Standards” was held on 20 February 2020.

21st International Symposium on Quality – Croatia
The BIMzeED Croatian partners published the article “Education in BIM and nZEB in order to improve the quality of buildings” at the 21st International Symposium on Quality – “Quality yesterday, today and tomorrow”. The paper aims to identify the current and predicted skill needs, gaps, barriers and training in the field of BIM and NZEB within the construction sector in all partner countries of the Erasmus+ project BIMzeED.

Get to know the BIMZeED partners

Óbuda University 

Óbuda University is one of the most significant Technical Universities in Hungary aiming to achieve the triplet of excellence in education, excellence in research, and excellence in innovation. The University offers a thrilling, up-to-date, student-friendly, creative and supporting environment for the studies, laying emphasis on both basic and applied researches, internationalisation, green and sustainable development, improvements in technology, research, and innovation, lifelong learning, and interaction and cooperation with the industry.

Óbuda University (OU) in Hungary has six faculties: Alba Regia Technical Faculty, Donát Bánki Faculty of Mechanical and Safety Engineering, Kálmán Kandó Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Károly Keleti Faculty of Business and Management, John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics, and Sándor Rejtő Faculty of Light Industry and Environmental Engineering. Of the approximately 11.000 students, 650 are international, taught by 580 teaching staff, supported by ca. 900 employees. OU is a young Scientific University having 3 doctoral schools, 1 excellence centre, and 8 dedicated research labs. The university has 15 strong practice-oriented bachelor programs, 10 strong theory-based master programs, and 4 strong, internationally recognized doctoral programs focusing on the fields of engineering, informatics, natural sciences, economics, and teacher training. OU is an active player of the international scientific community, participating in many international organisations and in bilateral and international programs (of which more than 20 are EU financed scientific projects). The institution has international relations with 90 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America. OU participates in 300 higher education programs and partnerships and has 185 education and 143 mobility contract agreements.


The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) is the European organisation representing the architectural profession at European level. The ACE office is located in Brussels, Belgium. Currently, ACE has 43 Member Organisations, which are the architects’ national regulatory and/or professional representative bodies in all European Union (EU) Member States, and accession Countries, Switzerland and Norway. Through them, the ACE represents the interests of over 565.000 architects from 31 countries in Europe. The ACE is the dissemination and communication leader of this Erasmus+ project.

ACE team is making use of all web-tools to actively collaborate within the BIMzeED project and spread the word about it. Partner TREA is collaborating with ACE and is managing the BIMzeED social media and website content.

EU Commission news

European Commission calls for a green recovery after COVID-19 crisis

On 28 April Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, spoke in a video launched by EC about the role of the European Green Deal in the economy recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. She addressed the European Union commitment to a green recovery, highlighting investment in energy efficient home renovation in order to provide a better future for following generations. The Digital transformation is also a priority in the European Commission Roadmap for recovery and investments will be directed to “clean and digital technologies and capacities, together with a circular economy”.

The BIMzeED team is happy to contribute to the recovery by providing training programs on BIM and nZEB topics, upskilling the professionals and construction workers at all levels to delivery better quality buildings.


BIMZeED cooperation with other EU projects

BIMZeED joins BIMalliance Ireland

The BIMzeED project has joined the BIMalliance with other EU projects: BIMcert, BIMplement, Net-UBIEP and BIMEET with the aim to minimise the carbon footprint of energy use in construction, by positioning BIM in European Energy and Climate Roadmaps beyond 2020. BIMalliance will mainly focus on creating a collaborative platform linking all projects, developing a digital library for sharing materials and resources for training purposes, developing common surveys and reports with guidelines for future actions.

Lis O’Brien from LIT is working with Paul McCormack from Belfast Metropolitan College, developing a digital library by collecting existing BIM and nZEB materials and resources to help develop the BIMzeED Learning Units, which will be piloted at a number of Educational Institutions (higher and vocational) and SMEs across Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Hungary during 2020 and 2021. LIT is actively involved in the development of learning content to address skills mismatches in the construction sector and identifying know-how gaps in relation to BIM and nZEB in both industry and education. Click here for more information.

Projects we like


Innovative qualifications for technological and organizational innovation in building sector is an Erasmus+ sister project of BIMzeED that aims at training a new generation of site technicians in order to enable them to face the challenges imposed by new technologies and new regulatory frameworks in the building sector. This combined qualification of ‘“Worksite Technician’”refers to a multi-functional technical profile able to supervise activities on the building site, coordinate the building and/or renovation process, follow the planning, management and supervision of works, optimizing the human resources involved.The objectives of Icaro are essentially three:

1.Revitalize the building sector by means of a profound generational turnover, steering the young and unemployed towards qualified professions;
2. Reverse the trend that sees few women employed in construction;
3. Increase employment possibilities by incorporating work-based learning in the training process of companies.

The impact of the project will be particularly relevant in the three countries taking part in the project: Lithuania, Spain and Italy. The project partners are three National Vocational Training Centres operating in the building sector (FORMEDIL, FLC, VSRC), a Regional Centre (FLC ASTURIAS), a Provincial Centre (IIPLE), a European professional association (ACE), a Chamber of Commerce (PANEVEZYS CHAMBER) and aUniversity (ALMA MATER –UNIBO).

The Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union under the Grant Agreement n. 600946

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