ARISE e-learning platform on BIM and applied energy efficiency tools. ARISE webinars for Trainees (17 th January 2024) and Trainers (21 st February 2024), Webinar recordings.

ACE has organised two successful webinars with the collaboration with BUILDUP Team in January and February 2024 on the topic of “ARISE e-learning platform on BIM and applied energy efficiency tools” addressed to Trainees and Trainers.

The EU funded project ARISE has launched the e-learning platform on BIM and energy efficiency in buildings for the design and construction sector. This e-learning platform provides micro-learning units available anywhere, anytime. The platform covers an introduction to BIM terms and definitions, BIM benefits, and BIM tools for energy. The short duration learning modules offer clear and straightforward content adapted to the busy life of professionals and workers. The learning pathway can be personalised to match the skill gap of each learner. In less than an hour of study, the learning units provide clear, straightforward content relevant to the working lives of professionals. The e-learning platform is a powerful tool for improving the skills of teams based in different locations. The e-learning platform is very crucial for the professional and workers upskilling and re-skilling is the cornerstone of the implementation of the digital transformation in the design and construction industry. Innovative learning methodologies, materials and tools are the foundation to reduce the labour shortage and increase the offer of digital skilled professionals.

First Webinar for Trainees: The first webinar provided information by ARISE Partner and Curriculum Area Manager Construction & The Built Environment Belfast Metropolitan College, Andrew Hamilton, on the topic of "Digitalization to the Built Environment: ARISE Approach." The presentation on the digital transformation of the design and construction sector addresses the labour shortages, the new interface of upskilling training, and the benefits driven by the digitalization of the sector. Among other topics, Andrew Hamilton outlined how the ARISE training methodology is flexible allowing people to step on or step off, recognising the various points of their career and educational experience to date. And also, for those with no educational experience, to bring them on board and align them to gain the skills they need to have jobs and roles across the various sectors. Besides, ARISE partner and Researcher at TUDublin Ryan Dempsey discussed on the topic of "ARISE e-learning platform and the microlearning contents" which are already available on the ARISE Platform website. He presented what will be offered to the user, such as the deployment of different tools and teaching methods to cater for different learning styles. The last part of the webinar provided information about the ARISE offers presented by ARISE partner and Responsible for the international affairs BuildingSmart Italy - IBIMI Anna Moreno. At the end of the session, most of the Trainees were interested in the ARISE e-learning platform and the contents of the platform that ARISE offers. The majority were also interested in learning about ARISE platform developers and content creators, modules, module contents, badges, and certification. If you miss the first webinar, catch up with the video recording here.

Second Webinar for Trainers: The second webinar started with a session about ‘Digitalisation to the Built Environment – ARISE approach’, which delved into the improvement digitalisation can bring to the building sector. Paul McCormack from the Belfast Metropolitan College. Then, Ryan Dempsey from TUDublin gave an overview of the ARISE platform and how trainers can use it as an e-learning tool and highlighted that trainers could use the ARISE platform as a learning materials database to tailor the courses for specific users’ classes. The final part of the webinar focused on ARISE framework by Jaap Kolk from Building Changes focusing on the ARISE framework structure, which comprehends BIM application, utilisation, support, and basics. He highlighted that the ARISE learning framework also helps within projects, by linking the skills needed to the people providing them. The webinar ended with an interactive podium discussion, facilitating an exchange of questions between the speakers and the audience. If you miss the second webinar, catch up with the video recording here.

Create your account and sign up for free at ARISE e-learning platform modules here.

ARISE e-learning platform on BIM and applied energy efficiency tools - ARISE webinar for trainers - 21st February 2024

Date: 21st February 2024

Time: 11.00 - 12.00 (CET)

Link: coming soon

The professional and workers upskilling and re-skilling is the cornerstone of the implementation of the digital transformation in the design and construction industry. Innovative learning methodologies, materials and tools are the foundation to reduce the laubour shortage and increase the offer of digital skilled professionals. 

The EU funded project ARISE has recently launched the e-learning platform on BIM and energy efficiency. The platform provides gamified micro-learning modules available anytime and anywhere. The short duration learning modules offer clear and straightforward content adapted to the busy life of professional and workers. The learning pathway can be personalised to match the skill gap of each learner. 

his webinar is design for trainers in search for innovative e-learning platform, methodologies and tools. ARISE project partners will present the series of six articles on the digital transformation of the design and construction sector addressing the task-based framework, the gamification and the micro learning content developed by ARISE. Trainers will be guided through ARISE e-learning platform tools and content available. The trainers will be able to ask questions to the platform developers and content creators.

ARISE wins the Ufi VocTech Trust VocTech Future of Skills Award 2023!

ARISE wins the Ufi VocTech Trust VocTech Future of Skills Award 2023! 🏆

The VocTech Future of Skills Award is a new competition to share and celebrate big, tech-enabled ideas of how changes to the UK skills system could transform the way adults get the skills they need for work.

Award entrants were asked to answer a single question:

"If you could make one change to the skills system to get more adults learning, what would it be?"

The judge considered that BelfastMET entry "the central idea underlining this entry is that all learning 'transactions' have a value associated. As new skills are developed, they can be 'cashed in' for accreditation. A universal value of micro-credentials helps learners, employers and training providers have a shared 'currency' to represent equivalence. The technology proposed is blockchain - which is mainstream, but appropriate.

The judges felt this was a provocative and bold vision for an innovative system that seeks to give greater learner agency, advance micro-credentialing and other flexible and modular forms of learning, and change the debate about the value of skills. They felt that it challenged thinking about the way skills are valued and the motivation and incentive for adults to learn. They believed it would provoke debate, elicit strong responses, and stimulate extensive engagement."

Reaching a Sustainable Built Environment: Our Analysis

We just published the Report: “European roadmap: BIM applied to energy performance”.

The report provides inputs to develop a roadmap to achieve the correct development of a workforce ready to face the challenges of climate changes. The report starts recalling the requirements already defined in the European directives dealing with energy performance, the use of renewable energy sources, and digitalisation. Then, starting from the outputs of the previous deliverables, the roadmap summarises the knowledge, the skills and the competences needed both on the demand side and the offer side to obtain more resilient buildings to climate change with a decreased use of natural resources.

The roadmaps intend to ensure that current and future stakeholders interested in increasing the competences in the energy and digital domains, guarantee that existing and future training materials are adequate and continuously adapt to change. The roadmaps start from an in-depth analysis of the status quo in the participating countries.

The roadmaps should allow any company, public administration, and individual to fill the gap of competences and take advantages of all innovative energy and digital technologies.

In all the partner countries there is legislation supporting both the use of renewable energy sources and the improvement of the energy performance. Digitalisation is not always compulsory, but there are many initiatives to increase the competences in this domain starting from the public tenders where the use of BIM is becoming required in many countries. Consequently, we expect a huge future increase in the demand of digital competences needed in all the supply chain.

To provide the basis for the development of national roadmaps we considered a matrix where we suggest the level of knowledge/competence of the different targets for each technology. Digitalisation should be considered an instrument and not a final goal and should be applied by any blue and white collar of the building supply chain during its whole life cycle.

The goals of the directive are the same in every country. However, some countries are a few steps ahead in its implementation. To ensure the achievement of the same level by all, it is essential to promote the implementation of new technologies on both the demand and the offer side.

Based on a survey circulated among the project partners, we can make some interesting assumptions.

There is a strong correlation between the quality of the national VET (Vocational, Educational and Training) and LLL (Life-Long-Learning) systems and the use of technologies related to energy performance in buildings. North European countries developed more reliable training systems, and as a consequence they also make a better use of RES and technologies for energy efficiency. There is a persistent need, in all countries, to facilitate the use of more innovative technologies, which are still rarely taught in formal training.

In the following two diagrams we can observe the level of implementation of the different technologies considering the average of the different countries.


The ARISE platform can provide the support needed to achieve a higher maturity level in any sector and for any target as it is based on micro-competences. Thanks to the platform, the new technologies can be introduced directly by their producers. They can use it as a mean to provide training materials to be able to design, install and maintain new equipment and/or materials that can improve the energy performance of buildings.

The implementation of digitalisation shows that the problem is more related to the lack of a full maturity on the demand side. Designers are usually ready to implement digitalisation as it facilitates their work, but if the demand of public administration and both public and private owners does not increase, it cannot be fully implemented in the supply chain. The consequence is that the owners cannot profit from the benefit of managing all the information linked to their assets in order to decrease the cost of management and maintenance.

In the following diagram we can observe the different levels of maturity as average of the situation in each of the partners’ countries.


If the constructors do not implement the model received by the designers with the information of the products and equipment used and installed, the owner gets only marginal benefit from the BIM model produced by the designer. Therefore, there is a strong need to increase the comprehension of the benefits introduced by the full implementation of BIM in the supply chain. This analysis is also useful for training program developers and providers, providing them with directions on how to profile their programs.

In this case too, the ARISE platform can be beneficial as the European chapters of buildingSMART international are working for an agreement aimed at increasing awareness of the benefits of BIM along all the supply chain using the training materials developed for the individual qualifications available for free to everyone.


For more information, download the Report here.

ARISE Survey on the support of the digitalisation of the built environment, public procurement and SMEs in construction

The aim of this survey is to collect,  analyse and summarize information about national legal and regulatory frameworks for sustainable energy skills demand in procurement procedures for building projects,  in different European countries
Sustainable energy skills, in the context of the survey, include energy efficiency and implementation of renewable energy sources in buildings.
This questionnaire has been created by the ARISE Project partner IECE North Macedonia, and will be completed by national stakeholders in project partner countries: the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and North Macedonia, as well as in other countries included in project dissemination activities.
The survey consists of a mix of 15 multi-choice and open questions. Its completion will take about 15 minutes. The project team is aware that standard questions cannot capture the full complexity of the subject topic. Therefore, respondents are encouraged to provide additional comments to explain the situation related to their country. The research team will consider the comments and statements for further analysis and establishment of findings.
The provided answers will be used to develop the ARISE project report D7.4 Overview of best practices in market recognition of skills, which will be public and available on the project web site in September 2023.
GDPR provisions will be respected for survey participants who decide to share their name and email address.
On behalf of the survey lead organization, IECE North Macedonia and the ARISE team, thank you in advance for your contribution.



Survey link:




ARISE Video Series

Video 1: How ARISE platform allows learner to reach higher competences levels step by step.

How ARISE platform allows learner to reach higher competences levels step by step - YouTube


Video 2: How ARISE addresses the problem of a shortage of competences in the Building sector.

How ARISE addresses the problem of shortage of competences in the building sector - YouTube


Video 3: ARISE promoting the certification of competences through blockchain.

ARISE promoting the certification of competences through blockchain - YouTube


ARISE Training at the Portuguese Order of Architects

This technical session is an informative and consultative session aimed at architects regarding the project sponsored by the Horizon 2020 program: ARISE.
A program that promotes Training and Recognition of Professional Skills in Digitalization, BIM, and digital tools as a working methodology to improve energy efficiency in the Built Environment.
The following topics will be addressed in this session:
• Objectives of the ARISE Project
• Digital Construction and the role of digitalization, particularly BIM, as tools to support the improvement of buildings' energy performance, including application examples and advantages of digital tools, including BIM.
• The need and challenge of flexible training in these areas
• The ARISE solution - Training Concept based on key tasks through a flexible micro-module study program
• The ARISE study program and opinion questionnaire request
• Promotion of Free Training opportunities.Watch the training here


Building Up Conversations

Building up conversations

In this conversation, ARISE partners Anna Moreno and Dr Veronika Schropfer talked about the ARISE e-learning platform for the recognition of ‘task-based’ competencies in BIM and nearly zero energy buildings in Europe.

"ARISE has developed a task-based learning system that enables any employer to find the person who possesses the right competencies to fulfill the foreseen task". Dr. Veronika Schröpfer, Head of EU projects at the

Architects' Council of Europe (ACE-CAE)

"Innovation in the building industry promotes everyday new products and technologies and renders it impossible to wait for the national/regional qualification system to update curricula at the same rhythm". Anna Moreno, Board Member at IBIMI - buildingSMART Italy

Read the full interview here.




ARISE Series of Technical Articles, 'Digitalisation of the Built Environment'.

ARISE series of technical articles 'Digitalisation of the built environment'

The series of 6 interlinked articles address the skills shortages in the construction sector, the energy efficiency gaps not being addressed by lack of skills, and how digital transformation can be used to address these. The articles are intended to stimulate debate and knowledge exchange as they address the following challenges respectively:

  1. Are labour shortages in the construction sector here to stay?
  2. Key challenge for the construction sector – addressing the skills shortages.
  3. What does the future interface of training and upskilling in the construction sector look like?
  4. How can we deliver effective task and impact-based learning in the construction sector?
  5. Digitalising within the construction sector, improving efficiency, productivity, as well as the quality of your work. (Upcoming)
  6. Understanding and achieving the sustainable benefits deriving from digitalisation. (Upcoming)


ARISE presentation at Portuguese Order of Architects

The event will take place online on July 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM (GMT). The event will be in Portuguese and will address ARISE Training and Recognition of Professional Skills in Digitalization, BIM, and digital tools as a working methodology to improve energy efficiency in the Built Environment.


Register here.