For the purpose of supporting the process of development of the National Roadmap for Lifelong Education of Building Workers in the field of Energy Efficiency in Croatia, in the frame of CROSKILLS project in early 2013 representatives of key stakeholder groups were gathered into the ‘National Qualification Platform’, to contribute to the development and further the implementation of the National Roadmap.
The skills needed for high-quality energy renovation and construction of low-energy buildings are scarce among construction workers. One of the possible causes is the lack of motivation for continuous improvement. The economic situation does not allow the workers nor their employers additional resources and time required for training. On the other hand, the market still does not require specialized training or special licensing of construction workers in energy efficiency, therefore there is no special motivation among workers or employers to invest in education. This places workers in a different position from engineers, designers and similar professions whose additional (mandatory) education makes them more competitive in the market.
On the other hand, European Build Up Skills initiative (Strengthening the skills of construction workers) confirms the important contribution of well-trained construction workers to achieving energy efficiencyobjectives, already widely known as 20-20-20. Flawless performance of buildings requires the construction workers to possess the necessary qualifications and motivation for successful work.