On November 30, the 13th Build Up Exchange meeting took place online and HP4ALL had the opportunity to participate actively, together with joint initiatives addressing the sustainable skills in the construction sector. 

From HP4ALL, our project coordinator Padraic O’Reilly, researcher at the Technological University of the Shannon, was a rapporteur in the panel discussion about policy-based mechanisms while Dan Stefanica, Head of Projects at the European Heat Pump Association moderated a session about the skills validation mechanisms.

The session aimed to take stock of the progress made by the projects on mechanisms to trigger the demand for skills and skilled professionals in the construction sector. Likewise, the webinar focused on facilitating the exchange of insights, including in terms of challenges encountered and best practices.

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The regional energy agency of Upper Austria (OÖ Energiesparverband, ESV), is actively training planers, installers and other relevant professionals in the buildings sector on heat pump technologies. In the past few months, 3 events have reached around 170 key stakeholders.

On 15-16 September, the “International large-scale heat pump congress” took place in Linz/Austria with 150 participants, mostly manufacturers, planners and public bodies. The event was organised by the Austrian Heat Pump Association (Wärmepumpe Austria) for the DACH region (Germany/Austria/Switzerland). ESV held a session on large-scale heat pump technologies for industry that presented, among others, good practice examples of already implemented and economically feasible applications in Upper Austrian companies.

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Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA), responsible for the HP4ALL’s model replication in other European countries, participated on November 10 in the ISVIS 2021 congress about Innovation and Sustainability in Social Housing.

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HP4ALL faced the entry of its second year of operation, and it was decided that a meeting needed to be held online to discuss the project progress to date.

On October 7 and 13, the consortium showcased the advancements in terms of engagement in the three different pilot regions (Austria, Ireland, and Spain), as well as the research carried out on the policy framework, skills needed in the heat pump sector, views from providers, etc.

Likewise, it was informed that a new section compiling useful information for heat pump users and installers was created on the project website and it will be updated during the project life.

On October 26-27, the European Heat Pump Association presented HP4ALL’s project scope and goals at a booth in the European Heat Pump Summit 2021, hosted in Nuremberg (Germany).

The European Heat Pump Association is HP4ALL’s leader in the research of skills competency & excellence framework tasks. Apart from the booth, they were in charge of presenting the speech A heat pump strategy for the next decade.

In addition to innovative technologies in component manufacture and the actual use of heat pumps in trade and industry, the focus of this event was on questions of refrigerants, the use of hybrid systems, and high-temperature heat pumps.

HP4ALL participated, on September 29, at the webinar entitled Sustainable energy skills for the construction sector 2.0, held within the framework of the Sustainable Places conference.

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Interview with Christiane Egger, Deputy Manager at OÖ Energiesparverband and leader of the HP4ALL tasks for boosting demand on heat pump skills.

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As part of the 𝑫𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝑹𝒆𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒇𝒊𝒕 𝑪𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝑷𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒆: 𝑯𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒍𝒚 𝒂𝒎𝒃𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒋𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒔 𝑬𝒖𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒆 webinar, hosted on June 9, HP4ALL showcased the work the project is carrying out in its three pilot regions: Austria, Ireland, and Spain.

This online seminar offered a complete outlook for the heat pump sector in different regional across Europe: from up-skilling, policy, implementation, examples and future development.

The session also addressed the replication and expansion upon the work of diverse actors, while driving the innovation and implementation of the deep retrofit sector and the associated value chain of stakeholders.

Presentations and video can be consulted here.