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Call for Participants: Front Meeting of Skills on NZEB and retrofit for buildings managers and professionals



H2020 EU founded project



MEnS - Meeting of Energy Professional Skills

Front Meeting of Skills

London, 25th to 27th November 2015

Limited places are available - Deadline for applications now extended: 20th November 2015


Agenda now available here


An interdisciplinary training and learning experience to increase your knowledge and skills on key aspects of buildings retrofit towards Nearly Zero Energy standards.

An outstanding set of contents presented by key industry representatives, all characterised by a holistic approach to design, construction and operation of buildings, including some of the most recent innovative products and business models for the built environment.

An opportunity to expand your professional network and to link with like-minded practitioners, stakeholders, manufacturers and businesses from all around Europe.





The MEnS Consortium is glad to invite you to join our first Front Meeting of Skills, from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th November 2015, in London, United Kingdom. Key partners of the organisation are the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Knowledge Transfer Network, and the Brunel University London.

The Front Meetings of Skills are a novel training activity created as part of a European funded project, MEnS, Meeting of Energy Professional Skills. To know more about MEnS, please visit the project website here: www.mens-nzeb.eu

The activities are addressed to professionals within the construction sector. The aim is to increase the skills and knowledge towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings, with a specific focus on existing buildings.




During the 3 days of the Front Meeting of Skills, you will learn about the following key topics:

1. The Business Case for Retrofit: opportunities for professionals, employers and the wider society

The Business Case for NZEB in existing buildings, innovative funding mechanism and business models for energy related interventions

Community led projects and social value of renovation

Economical and financial aspects of NZEB in existing buildings and whole life approach

2. High quality buildings through an integrated and interdisciplinary approach

Soft Landings process and experiences

BIM, Building Information modelling: state of the art and future developments, current use in small and big architectural practices

Controls: design, installation and users interface

Integration and local use of renewable energy sources and storage




This short course is accredited by Brunel University London. Participants will be able to gain 6 post-graduate learning credits equivalent to 3ECTS (European Credit Transfer Scheme).

Credits will be awarded for attendance of the 3-day short course, submission of the set coursework and successful assessment of the coursework. No fees will be charged.

We will provide you with the required information in the event that your application is successful.




The Front Meetings of Skills are interdisciplinary novel training activities, consisting of a mix of presentations, contents, experience exchanges, and building site technical visits.

You will learn from the experiences of the international key industry representatives, architectural and engineering firms, and relevant organisations in terms of innovative and successful approach to NZEB and retrofit projects.

The contents will always refer to existing buildings and practical experience. All case studies have been awarded with national or international recognitions.

One entire day will be dedicated to two guided visits to exemplar buildings, where you will have the chance to interact directly with the involved group of professionals.


Confirmed speakers include:

DIT Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Universitat Politecnica de Valencia

SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre, Wales

BRE, Building Research Establishment


Granit Architecture 

Green Tomato Energy

Plymouth University

Institute for Sustainability

Zero Carbon Lab, Birmingham City University

Brunel University London

RIBA Enterprises

... and many other key experts and organisations working in the building sector




Architects, Engineers, Facilities Managers, Surveyors, Designers, Building Managers, Energy Managers...

.... And any other professional involved with buildings design, construction and/or operation in Housing Associations, construction materials manufacturers, building services providers, smart homes and energy monitoring systems, building energy modelling technologies.




Limited places are available. Participants will be selected to get a balanced representation of current professionals (designers, building managers, etc.) and unemployed aspiring graduates, from a variety of appropriate science and technology degree disciplines.


The following criteria will be adopted for the selection process:

  • Eligibility criteria for potential participation in the Front Meeting of Skills in London are defined as follows:
  1. Professionals in the construction industry/estate managements, seeking to develop their NZEB practices
  2. Eligible for Level 7 Study (meaning you own at least one of the following or an equivalent Level 6 qualification: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Diploma of Higher Education, etc.). For more info visit: Compare different qualifications in UK, European Qualification Framework or Find and Compare Qualification Frameworks in Europe.
  3. Currently resident in European Union


  • Award and priority criteria for enrolment to the Front Meeting of Skills:
  1. Unemployed seeking to get into construction industry as Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) specialists
  2. Women seeking to get into construction industry as Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) specialists


  • Further selection criteria in case of equivalent applications:
  1. Highest academic qualification
  2. Highest number of years of professional experience, if applicable.
  3. Level of English language
  4. Motivation letter




Day 1 - Wednesday 25th Nov 2015
9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Knowledge Transfer Network Workshop Room, Business Design Centre
Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH

Day 2 – Thursday 26th Nov 2015
9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Knowledge Transfer Network Workshop Room, Business Design Centre
Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH

Day 3 – Friday 27th Nov 2015
9:00 am – 12:00 am Construction Site, Ibis House, London, Green Tomato Energy 
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm BRE Innovation Park, Bucknalls Lane, Watford WD25 9XX





The attendance to the 3 days of training activities, the guided technical visits and the transportation to and from the buildings sites on Day 3 (from the Business Design Centre in London) are FREE of charge for all attendees.

Not included:

Attendees will have to support themselves in terms of travel and accommodation costs and anything else not stated in the section “Free”.




If you wish to apply, please follow the next 2 steps:

1. Application Survey:

Fill in the online questionnaire through this link. We will ask you some information (see selection criteria) and to explain us in one short paragraph your motivation for attending.

2. CV:

Send your most updated CV (European format is recommended) to valeria.branciforti@ktn-uk.org and to a.riccetti@energiada.it


Please note that only completed applications will be considered.

All the collected data will be used for internal use only, in order to ensure a proper selection process and for you to get the best from this experience.

Limited places are available and registrations will be accepted according to specific criteria. Please refer to ‘Selection process and eligibility criteria’.


Confirmation to all selected and communication to non-selected participants will be sent within 5 working days after a complete application has been received. The complete application is both online survey completed and CV submitted via email.

Communication will be via the email address you indicate in the survey.


Please note that we will not refund any expenses for costs incurred if an official confirmation has not been received.

We will do our best to provide a quick confirmation, so that you can benefit of early booking rates for travels and accommodation.




  • Applications open: 21th October 2015
  • Deadline for applications: 20th November 2015, midnight GTM (please make sure you provide all the required material and information as soon as possible or by the final deadline)
  • Feedback on accepted or not accepted application: within 5 working days after a complete application has been received (both online survey completed and CV submitted via email).


For any additional information, please write to valeria.branciforti@ktn-uk.org and a.riccetti@energiada.it



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