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Building for a more sustainable future TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER | PHOTOS: IFSB
Luxembourg’s Council for the Economic Development of Construction (CDEC Group) plays a fundamental role in helping the construction industry confront important issues including energy efficiency, building sustainability and digitalisation. Having recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, the group’s story began back in September 2002, with the launch of the Institut de Formation Sectoriel du Bâtiment (IFSB), an organisation dedicated to staff training and qualifications in the construction sector. We caught up with Bruno Renders, managing director of CDEC, to find out how the group are laying the foundations for a more sustainable future. “The construction industry in Luxembourg is very dynamic,” begins Renders. “In fact, 70 | Issue 47 | November 2017
it is the second major sector of activity in the private sector after the finance industry.” Knowing the challenges and opportunities available to this fast-changing and constantly evolving sector, CDEC offers a host of complementary services and projects perfectly suited to the construction industry’s many different players: an impressive 45 initiatives have launched both in Europe and internationally since the company was founded.
Exceptional teaching tools The IFSB is a private organisation offering objective training for companies’ employees, with thousands of trainees heading to the IFSB training centre every year. “We put in place training strategies which allow competition and innovation in Luxembourg’s construction industry,” explains Renders.
The IFSB building is a true technological showcase for the sector; sustainable and fully oriented towards High Environmental Performance. Home to more than 5,000 square metres entirely dedicated to learning and experimenting, pupils can put the theory they have learned into practice with the support of mentors. Everything from construction machinery, cranes, technical installations, materials, products and new technologies can be found at the site. One of the training ground’s most exceptional teaching tools is the 300-square-metre didactic building, which has been designed for practising specific techniques in real conditions. Trainees have the opportunity to hone their skills in a building that combines several construction systems, not to mention different façades, exterior joinery systems
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