FORMAR - Vocational training on sustainable buildings maintenance and refurbishment

  • Dates: October 2013 – September 2016
  • Leader: LNEG
  • Grant agreement number: 539465-LLP-1-2013-1-PT-LEONARD-LMP
  • Financied by


Nowadays, the training references that are part of the national catalogues of qualifications do not integrate modules of Units of Short-term Training (UST) concerning sustainability issues. The construction industry has adopted several new technical improvements enabling companies to build more sustainable buildings and more energy saving buildings. However, the training offer is still limited and the European cooperation is relatively weak.

FORMAR project will produce resources and modules targeted to sustainable construction, in order to contribute to integrate this trend in the vocational education and training itineraries within this sector by developing new and specific UST.

Each UST is aimed at large collectives of professionals from the construction sector, and will be made up of the following parts, to be developed in the three countries involved in the project (Spain, France, Portugal)

  • Analysis of needs and existing training materials in every participant country
  • Identification of best practices and constrains
  • Development of the training modules and training resources
  • Translation from English to three languages: Portuguese, Spanish and French

In addition, another UST with transversal contents will contain modules concerning basic concepts on sustainable construction and “nearly zero energy buildings”.


The main goal of the project is to develop training resources and modules to improve the skills on sustainability issues of workers taking part in buildings maintenance and refurbishment. The new Units of Short-term Training will be integrated in the vocational training of carpenters, painters, bricklayers, building technicians and installers of solar panels.

A second goal is to improve the information provided for clients and owners, through the development of a guide, on paper and electronic formats, to support the procurement decisions to customers, related to sustainable building products and materials. The guide will include not only more sustainable products, solutions or services, but also qualified workers with additional skills on sustainable construction.


CIRCE will perform the research activities on the state of the art about the training sector in Spain, regarding the professional groups / associations which the project is divided, bringin his vision for training raining needs of the sector, current barriers, and the development of themes and contents for the different work packages.

In addition, CIRCE is responsible of collecting all the reviews of the partners involved, and elaborate with them a road map with which to continue the development of the different contents.

CIRCE will also actively participate in the project dissemination tasks within Spain, in order to raise awareness at all levels of the education system about the forthcoming development of training materials on sustainable construction.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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