by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Titanic Belfast is the venue for a major conference spotlighting efforts to reduce the energy footprint in the built environment. The conference taking place on Wednesday, 22nd January (8.


30 to 5.00) showcases the outputs and successes of the BIMcert project led by Belfast Metropolitan College.

With an international line up of speakers from across Europe including Macedonia, Croatia, Denmark the event will highlight how the BIMcert partners have empowered the construction sector to embrace Digital Transformation and have powered change in the Construction Sector to reduce carbon emissions targets.

 Paul McCormack the Project Co-ordinator states ‘Digital transformation is impacting all sectors. However to date the construction sector as a whole has been hesitant to accept the digitalisation process. The BIMcert project successfully targeted the entire construction supply chain in order to stimulate demand for sustainable energy skills and to embrace digital transformation using Building Information Modelling as the key tool to drive change.’

 The conference will also seek to map a pathway for continued digital transformation actions the built environment and speakers from industry, public sector and EU bodies will highlight the challenges and opportunities for companies and individuals alike. Ms Maja-Marija Nahod, Deputy Minister for Construction and Energy Efficiency, Croatia will highlight how  Croatia has embraced the outputs from the BIMcert project to deliver energy efficiency in the building sector, and the impact of making changes. The Chair of the EU BIM task group

Souheil Soubra will detail the advantages to be achieved as Europe seeks to develop a world class digital Construction Sector

 Acknowledging the success and impact of the BIMcert project with Belfast Met being the first FE College in the UK to win and lead a H2020 project, Belfast Met Director Damian Duffy stated ‘Educating the workforce in digital skills is a key foundation step in stimulating demand, developing and implementing a digital transformation skills roadmap for the Construction Sector. Belfast Met have led the education process enabling participants to share and amplify content online, allowing participants to collaborate digitally and to become impulsive about their sustainable energy skills.’

 In recognising the impact of the BIMcert project within the construction sector Amandine Lacourt Project Adviser, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises stated “The BIMCert digital bite-sized training and micro-accreditation system is a powerful tool for professionals of the building value chain to get their skills recognised and valued by the market. This can be expected to give significant traction to sustainability related skills in the AEC industry.”

 The conference will also examine how the entire energy circle is improving the energy performance in buildings with Dr James Harty, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology and Gordon Sutherland Head of Sector EASME speaking on the Importance of the Energy Performance Buildings Directive and how these directives can be implemented to 2030 and beyond.

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BIMcert Project Co-Ordinator Paul McCormack

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