Learning programme  General skills related to nZEB MEP (blue collars)
Total number of hours 14 Total number of credits  N/A
Minimum EQF for participants 3
Pre-curriculum conditions  Work experience in MEP installations


Learning Outcomes


Learning unit/ topic Knowledge Skills Responsibility & autonomy
1 Principles of NZEB 
Knowledge on facts, principles, 

processes and general concepts on the five passive house pillars:

  • Highly insulating envelope
  • Thermal bridge free construction
  • Airtightness
  • Windows and solar gains
  • Ventilation with heat recovery

General knowledge on existing 

renewable and non-polluting 

energy sources

Knowledge on possibilities of integration of renewable energy technologies in buildings

Practical knowledge in the system approach to NZEB and DER and understating importance and relationship between application of individual measures

Solve problems by selecting and applying basic methods for improving energy efficiency

Ability to name renewable energy sources

Responsibility for completion of tasks related to energy- saving measures

Autonomy in identifying suitable measures for NZEB 

2 Comfort, health and safety requirements in buildings, incl. indoor air quality 
Knowledge on facts and 

principles of comfort in 

buildings and healthy indoor 

climate, including indoor air 

quality, thermal comfort, 

daylight and lighting, noise, 

connection to the nearby 


  • Indoor air contaminants and recommended levels for acceptable indoor air quality (including condensation, humidity and mould appearance, CO2 levels, radon, VOCs),
  • Criteria for thermal comfort and relevant applicable regulation and standards, including adaptive thermal comfort,
  • Criteria for acoustic indoor environment comfort, including noise and vibration generation and accepted levels,

Knowledge on facts and 

principles of key-factors 

influencing indoor comfort during summer (qualitative 


Knowledge of general concepts and building regulation regarding safety requirements 

in buildings and renovation 


  • General awareness of the applicable regulations pertaining to safety issues, involving hazardous materials in buildings
  • General awareness of the interface / links with various professions in the construction process
Ability to explain the 

importance of comfort in 

buildings and healthy indoor 

climate, and describe the main criteria and factors that affect human comfort in buildings

Identify the main factors 

influencing indoor comfort 

during summer and winter

Identify key safety requirements in buildings and renovation process and 

responsible specialist

Responsibility in considering main influencing factors on indoor climate, comfort and safety during completion of tasks related to NZEB 

Responsibility for using appropriate materials 

3 Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system
Knowledge on the benefits of including a controlled ventilation system in a NZEB 

Knowledge on the role of mechanical ventilation in maintaining high quality indoor air, with special regard for appropriate levels of CO2 as well as relative humidity

Knowledge about use of MVHR’s in NZEB and DER in terms of noise levels, electrical energy requirement for the fans and impact on reduced heating and / or cooling demand

Knowledge on the two most common ducting arrangements used in residential ventilation systems and the impact these 

systems will have on the need 

for sound attenuators

Knowledge on the preferred duct types to ensure smooth air flow and avoiding sagging or kinking

Knowledge on the key components of a balanced ventilation system with heat recovery in drawings and buildings

Cognitive skill and practical knowledge for main components of a MVHR system, including heat exchanger, ducting, supply and exhaust registers

Practical knowledge in positioning supply and exhaust registers in such a way that occupancy comfort and behavior is considered (draughts, noise and placing of furniture in front of out-/inlets)

Cognitive skill and practical knowledge on the importance of proper routing of ducts and respective impacts

Cognitive skill and practical knowledge on insulating and properly sealing where ducts penetrate the airtight and insulating layer of the building


responsibility for suitably locating the MVHR unit considering most especially 

ease of access

Responsibility for using appropriate ducting materials 

Autonomy and self-management during installation of individual components of the MVHR system, air-sealing and insulation

Responsibility for maintaining

hygiene during installation

Responsibility for explaining the need and ensuring easy access for maintenance of the MHVR system 

4 Heating and cooling/ DHW
Knowledge on different 

heating and cooling systems 

such as boilers, heat pumps, 

mini-split systems and district 


Knowledge on heating high 

performance homes via mechanical ventilation with 

heat recovery using a ‘post-


Knowledge on facts, principles, 

processes and general concepts on the most efficient means of producing DHW

Specialized knowledge on insulation of pipework and the significant influence of this on energy consumption

Knowledge on the energy consumption of DHW circulation pumps

Knowledge on clustering rooms 

which use DHW to keep pipe-runs short which minimises heat losses

Cognitive skill and practical knowledge for the main components of a heating and/or cooling system and identifying different types of systems

cognitive and practical skills for factors influencing proper functioning of the heating and cooling and DHW systems

cognitive and practical skills 

required to accomplish tasks 

related to ensuring continuity of insulation of pipework where required

Responsibility for identifying and using efficient means for installing Heating and cooling and DHW systems 

Autonomy and self-management for completion of tasks related to thorough and complete insulation of pipework, (including all fittings, junctions and values as well as through-envelope penetration) as well as optimal routing of pipes and ducts

Lighting and automation regulation
5 Knowledge on facts, principles, 

processes and general 

concepts on low energy 

lighting systems and on use of passive infrared sensors 

(PIR) in automating lighting in 

infrequently used spaces and 

circulation zones

Specialized knowledge on the difference between key concepts of lux, lumens and watts

Knowledge on range of lighting 

colours available (cool white 

versus warm white)

Knowledge on facts, principles, 

processes and general 

concepts on the advantages of 

home automation and 

regulation systems

Knowledge on the key energy 

uses which should be governed 

by home automation and 

regulation, including DHW and 

space conditioning as well as 

CO2 and humidity levels

Cognitive skill and practical knowledge required to accomplish tasks related to successful installation of controls and sensors required to provide home automation and regulation 

Skills in identifying components of automation and regulation system, as well as indicating the location of key sensors and highlighting which features they regulate

cognitive and practical skills 

required to accomplish tasks 

related to installation of low 

energy lighting system

Responsibility for completion of tasks related to installation of low energy lighting systems, PIR sensors and home automation system
6 RES and RES in building renovation
Knowledge on the definition of renewable energy and types of renewable energy sources and systems 

Knowledge on existing HVAC technologies with the use of RES 

knowledge on photovoltaic systems

knowledge on requirements to drawings for the building equipment with use of renewable sources    

knowledge on renewable energy technologies 

appropriate to reach nZEB or DER standard

knowledge on existing systems of short- term and long- term energy storage

Skills in naming and explaining various RES systems suitable for NZEB standard

cognitive and practical skills on reading and understanding guidance and approved documentation on RES systems


Autonomy in identifying components of RES on building plans 

Responsibility for following installation documentation and plans relevant for proper functioning of RES systems 

7 Airtightness 
Knowledge on facts, principles, 

processes and general concepts 

on the necessity of airtightness, 

vapour control and windtightness in a building and the multitude of benefits they bring

knowledge on facts, principles, 

processes and general concepts 

on the critical importance of 

coupling airtightness with 

ventilation (“build tight-ventilate right”)

knowledge on facts, principles, 

processes and general concepts 

on typical weak points in the case of airtightness, vapour control and windtightness  

cognitive and practical skills 

required to explain the 

importance of airtightness, 

windtightness and vapour control in buildings

cognitive and practical skills 

required to identify the airtight layer and its constituent parts in 

drawings and buildings

cognitive and practical skills 

in correctly installing airtight sealants 

Understanding for formulating a 

logical procedure/sequence of work with reference to 


Responsibility for correct installation of airtight layer around building systems components interfering with building envelope

Responsibility for using only suitable for the purpose materials

8 Construction and assembly instruments
knowledge of orientation in 

standards, technical 

documentation and 

documentation for installation 

and repair of building systems Knowledge on available digital and BIM tools suitable for construction and assembly on the building site and their application (schedules, construction details, order and navigation of individual tasks)

Knowledge on interdisciplinary communication network on building site

Identify and explain software tools for assisting NZEB design

Practical skills to apply software tools for specialised parts of design of energy efficient projects

Responsibility for application of nationally recognized software tools for specific design tasks related to energy efficiency

Detailed content of the topic (module)

Learning unit/topic Teaching methods (classical, video presentation, ppt presentation) Type of activity (course, applied activity, practical activity) No. of hours
1. Principles of NZEB classical, digital/  webinar, interactive,  powerpoint presentation Course, Applied activities 1
2. Comfort, health and safety requirements in buildings, incl. indoor air quality  Course, Applied activities 1
3. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system Course, Applied activities 2
4. Heating and cooling/ DHW Course, Applied activities 2
5. Lighting, electrical systems and automation regulation Course, Applied activities 2
6. RES and RES in building renovation Course, Applied activities 2
7. Airtightness Course, Applied activities 3
8. Planning and design instruments Course 1
Total no. of hours 14
References: Fit-to- NZEB, Catalogue of Learning Outcomes D2.3 (December 2017)  available at http://www.fit-to-nzeb.com/uploads/9/8/8/4/9884716/d2.3_catalogue_of_lo.pdf

CraftEdu, ULOs for Developing Curricula D2.1 (May 2019) available at: https://www.craftedu.eu/uploads/9/8/8/4/9884716/d2.1_ulos_for_developing_educational_curricula.pdf

CraftEdu, Curricula for 9 training programmes for targeted craftsmen and on-site workers, D2.5 available at: https://www.craftedu.eu/uploads/9/8/8/4/9884716/d2.5_curricula_for_9_training_programmes_for_targeted_craftsmen_and_on-site_workers.pdf


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