New project for engineering research centre

20 July 2017

A diagram of a training project.

The School of Engineering’s BRE Trust Centre for Sustainable Engineering has secured funding for a new project as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.

The project is called BIM Energy Efficiency Training (BIMEET), and aims to establish a BIM-based EU-wide standardised qualification framework for energy efficiency training.

BIMEET will address some of the challenges facing the construction sector as they work towards achieving increasingly ambitious energy efficiency objectives, as well as using the latest digital technology for Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Professor Yacine Rezgui, director of the BRE Trust Centre and principle investigator on the project, said: “The project will pave the way to a fundamental step change in delivering systematic, measurable and effective energy efficient buildings through BIM training with a view to effectively address European energy and carbon reduction targets.

“It will also promote a well-trained world leading generation of decision makers, practitioners, and blue collars in BIM for energy efficiency, and establish a world-leading platform for BIM for energy efficiency training nurtured by an established community of interest.”

Horizon 2020 is the European Commission’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is their biggest such programme to date, with €80 billion of funding due to be awarded by 2020, plus additional private sector funding.