Training Personnel towards Operational Energy Efficiency of the Buildings (TRAP-EE)

The project was co-financed under Lifelong learning programme, Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of innovation


Project challenge

As exposed in the national Action Plan of the Energy Efficiency 2008 – 2016, Slovenia has relatively high energy intensity which is only slowly being reduced. The National Plan describes several barriers to increasing energy efficiency; one of the main barriers identified is the lack of qualified personnel responsible for property maintenance. Influencing operational parameters without significant investments represents low hanging fruit for savings. However, a key identified barrier towards increasing energy efficiency is the lack of qualified personnel responsible for property maintenance, especially within the public buildings (i.e. caretakers) that would be able to implement soft measures for achieving efficient energy use. Up-to-date no training activities for increased operational efficiency in public buildings are offered in Slovenia and Croatia targeting the specific group of caretakers that would address the challenges in hand.

Project’s aim

The main aim of the TRAP-EE is to develop a training programme and to train the caretakers towards achieving operational energy efficiency of the public buildings. The training will reduce the chances that they will inadvertently negatively modify or override building systems essential to maintaining performance. Caretakers can do much good—or inadvertent great harm—depending on whether they understand the impact of their actions on the building’s operational efficiency.

Key objectives

  1. To transfer the developed training programmes from 1 consortium partner to other partners addressing 3 different segments within the public sector (i.e. universities, schools and office buildings), and with adjusting the existing training material taking into account the specific needs of the local environments and target training group of caretakers.
  2. To develop training programmes that will be based on the innovative model of work experience. The model will integrate the learning and working environment, from which realistic learning experiences will arise.
  3. To pilot and evaluate the developed training programmes in Slovenia and Croatia. The results of the evaluation will be incorporated in the final design of the developed training programme.
  4. To integrate the developed training programmes into institution-based VET and lifelong learning in the fields of buildings operational energy-efficiency in Slovenia and Croatia.

Project consortium

Project duration

From 1.10. 2013 untill 31. 3. 2015 (18 months)

Total eligible costs

150.579,52 €

Project’s Web site

Contact at IRI UL
Gregor Cerinšek