Awareness and knowledge regarding the forthcoming demand for near-zero energy buildings, NNE. Energy Offices coordinate the zero energy housing education.
The Agency's competence enhancing efforts are aimed at clients, engineers, architects, construction project managers, consultants and technical managers. Energy Offices coordinate the education to disseminate knowledge about energy-efficient construction and renovation.

This is an effort from the Swedish Energy Agency to prepare the construction sector for future requirements for near-zero energy buildings (NNE standard), which will be implemented gradually by 2021. In order to achieve Sweden's energy and climate goals, major efforts are made on energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy. All new buildings must have very low energy consumption. At the same time, energy use in existing buildings must be drastically reduced. In order to promote low energy building, all actors in the construction industry are aware of the energy goals and understand how their work affects the performance of the building's energy performance.

The education intends to provide a holistic view of the construction process linked to low energy building in terms of new production and renovation. The education explains what differences it involves building and renovating low energy buildings in comparison with conventional buildings. The Energy Agency's knowledge-enhancing efforts are seen as an increase in knowledge based on the fact that each occupational group in the target group has basic knowledge in property management, construction processes, installation technology and more.

Resources needed

Budget: 450 000 Euros per year.
An important factor for success has also been to collaborate with the well-organized regional energy agencies in the country.

Evidence of success

People through all stages of the construction process have participated. Information and working methods are spreading. This will make it easier for us to reach the goal of close to zero energy housing 2019 resp. 2021.
Total number of participants in the Energy Charter against near zero energy houses:
 1643 people are registered on the web course.
 749 people have attended a seminar
 352 people have completed their course certificate.

Difficulties encountered

The challenge is to spread the knowledge and opportunity for further education to all parts of the construction process.

Potential for learning or transfer

Potential for transmission is good. It is an advantage if there are regional actors who can market the concept for the target group.

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Main institution
Swedish Energy Agency
Östra Mellansverige, Sweden (Sverige)
Start Date
January 2016
End Date


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