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Overview of education programs and vocational trainings for energy saving and producing buildings in the Alpine Space

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Year of publication2012
Publisher(s)Standortagentur Tirol
Place of publicationInnsbruck
Publication typeJournal, booklet
According to the actual European directive on energy performance of buildings these are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of EU CO2 emissions. Energy performance of buildings is perceived a key to achieve the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely the reduction of a 20% of the Greenhouse gases emissions by 2020 and a 20% energy savings by 2020. Improving the energy performance of buildings is a cost-effective way of fighting against climate change and improving energy security, while also creating job opportunities, particularly in the building sector.
Progress can begin immediately because knowledge and technology exist today to slash the energy buildings use, while at the same time improving levels of comfort. Behavioural, organizational and financial barriers stand in the way of immediate action and different approaches can help overcome them.
One way of transforming behaviour is seen by changing behaviour by educating and motivating the professionals involved in building transactions to alter their course toward improved energy efficiency in buildings.