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“For ten years now, we have been working with the state education system in Luxembourg to put the Building Generation campaign in place and give a truthful image of how smart and modern our construction industry really is,” enthuses Renders. The project integrates various schemes such as Discovery Days, where different construction trades are presented via workshops, educational video games and simulations. Another important initiative of the IFSB in collaboration with the Agency for the Development of Employment (ADEM) is FIT4 Green Jobs, which offers various training courses related to the construction sector in order to acquire new competences leading to trades and techniques of the future.
Looking to the future Another way the IFSB and NEOBUILD are looking to the future is via dedication to environmentally friendly enterprises such as urban farming via State of the Art (SOTA), the largest urban greenhouse in Luxembourg. With an area of 600 square metres, it can produce nearly ten tonnes of fresh leafy vegetables, as well as tomatoes, strawberries or aromatic plants. This ‘roof-top’ greenhouse will consume between 25 per cent and 50 per cent less energy than a greenhouse ‘on the ground’, since it will take advantage of the residual energy (especially heat) IFSB on which it will be built. On the contrary, the energy equipment that will be installed will allow the greenhouse to produce some of the energy it will consume, 72 | Issue 47 | November 2017
but without being totally autonomous. The good news is that in Luxembourg more than 60 hectares of roofs have been identified as being able to accommodate urban greenhouses. “There is a real potential in Luxembourg for houses that can produce food.” The IFSB site is not only used for demonstration and training purposes, it can also be used for testing and is therefore equipped with urban Wi-Fi and Sigfox, which is a data transmission protocol that allows connected objects to communicate. The IFSB and NEOBUILD are constantly coming up with ways to assist those in the construction industry to perfect their skills. In an industry that is always evolving so quickly, this is essential. One such example is the CONSTRUCEC project, whose aim is to change the skills of employees in the construction and public works sector through practical technical training in real-life situations in order to adapt them to the needs of companies and the requirements of regulation. Topics covered range from smart and connected buildings (Smart Building, Smart home) to intelligent and connected networks (Smart Grid) and health and safety at work. Next to the organisation’s aforementioned didactic building and complementing the IFSB’s infrastructure is a solar chalet. From solar thermal installations to photovoltaic equipment, to heat pumps and ventilation systems, there is numerous special equipment installed on
site. “We promote the noble functions of buildings. For example, take a house that can produce energy and also stock it, and one that collects water and purifies it, not to mention interconnected buildings,” concludes Renders. “Nowadays you don’t need to see a house as an isolated place with a micro vision, you need to have a macro vision. Our future vision for the building sector is to identify buildings as multifunctional and technological platforms.” Discover CDEC Group’s six major pillars: - Staff training and qualifications via the IFSB (Institut de Formation Sectoriel du Bâtiment). www.ifsb.lu - The Building Generation project to promote the construction sector to younger generations. www.building-generation.lu - The Cocert agency which ensures engineering and energy efficiency of buildings. www.cocert.lu - The technological innovation pole Neobuild. www.neobuild.lu - Transferring new information based on new technologies via ImSim. www.imsim.lu - Managing the financing of the Sectoral Building Training System through CDEC (Council for the Economic Development of Construction). www.cdec.lu
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