Wednesday May 22

13.45-15.15 BIM skills for energy knowledge management

Knowledgeable and skilled professionals are crucial to novel business processes for the digital built environment and asset management from the perspectives of energy efficiency and holistic sustainability. Construction industry and building projects has several roles and stakeholders needing to update their knowledge in changing processes. Professors, teachers and lecturers in universities and schools and within lifelong learning institutes are in key role to provide training based on competence demand. 

Building information modelling offers potential benefits for the better management of key performance aspects of buildings (energy performance, low carbon footprint, indoor climate and life cycle costs), more holistic targets (spatial functionality, safety, maintainability, adaptability & flexibility and sustainability in the future) as well as lean aspects (investment cost, time, constructability, fluent collaborative process). Education and training of professionals is one of the most challenging parts of adaptation of digital tools and processes in inter-organizational change. To enable and ensure the utilization of benefits from digital processes there is a need for identification of the required competence and support the definition and creation of learning outcomes. 

Required knowledge, skills and competences for the different roles in design, building and maintenance processes - with relevant learning outcomes - is an outcome of on-going BIMEET project, BIM-based EU-wide standardized qualification framework for achieving energy efficiency training.

Six main categories of roles were studied (Client & Clients advisors, Architectural design roles, Structural design roles, Building services design roles, Construction work roles, Maintenance work roles) in order to define the European wide learning outcomes related to BIM and energy-efficient for building life cycle processes.

The workshop “BIM skills for energy knowledge management” uses the results of BIMEET project (EU Horizon 2020 project grant agreement No 753994), which emphasizes Energy-efficiency management of buildings with the help of improved BIM skills. Project web site:

Action workshop and round tables will discuss and analyze following themes:

  • Key learning outcomes for training and education of BIM enabled energy management for each stakeholder (six categories based on main roles)
  • Common substances for competence building
  • Online Energy BIM portfolio and other knowledge databases

(A detailed facilitation plan of the round tables will be described before the workshop)

Moderators and speakers:
Senior scientist Tarja Mäkeläinen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Project engineer, Lecturer Sunil Suwal, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Workshop organizer/contact persons:
Tarja Mäkeläinen, VTT, +358400591869
Sunil Suwal, Metropolia +358407058855


Interactive and integrative urban planning game – the sustainable dialogue between happy people and clean planet


Interactive and integrative urban planning game – the sustainable dialogue between happy people and clean planet
What kind of phenomena arises in a city environment when it’s affected by global megatrends such as urbanization and climate change? 
The primary goal in this workshop is to identify different ways how Happy People and Clean Planet themes are connected in a sustainable and resilient city and how cities can respond to the current and future challenges. 
The secondary goal is to identify how the academia, industry and public sector can be connected and integrated stronger to meet the common sustainability goals.
The tasks in the game are based on query that was done to experienced city authorities from different fields. 

Moderators and speakers:
Elina Kalliala, Development manager. M.Sc. Landscape Architect, Ramboll Finland Oy, 
Sanna Ala-Mantila, Assistant Professor in Sustainable Urban Systems Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) & Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences  University of Helsinki

Workshop organizer/contact person:
Elina Kalliala,, +358505111866



Thursday May 23

Architectural spatial design solutions for sustainability 


In ecological sustainability, improving energy efficiency has been one of the main strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions of the buildings and thus responding to climate change. Despite concentrating on operational performance, the dominant energy efficiency indicator (SEC, kWh/m2a) does not reveal the impact of usage and spatial design solutions on energy efficiency even though the buildings and their spaces are particularly designed for their utilization. This kind of functional spatial design that responds to the needs, stands as a basis for all the following decisions in the building. When widening the perspective from only energy efficiency towards the carbon footprint of the building, the impact of spatial design solutions and architectural decisions will be pronounced through for example materials and the size of the building and its spaces. Undoubtedly, spatial design solutions have an effect on both energy efficiency and the carbon footprint in reality, so that both the design strategies and the indicators are important to get right in a move towards low carbon spatial design.

This interactive workshop welcomes experts from different areas of construction fields to collaborate and discuss the topics related to architectural spatial design solutions, utilization for which the spaces have been created, and the indicators for sustainability. Sustainability focus here is related to energy efficiency and carbon footprint of the buildings, not forgetting the essential qualitative factors such as delight and human well-being. Architectural design solutions include for example flexibility and space zoning, where spaces are grouped together based on their similar properties such as indoor circumstances. Thus, instead of standing alone, spatial design is strongly tied together with utilization and building services requiring collaboration between the parts in the design process from the beginning.

Moderators and speakers:
Taru Lehtinen, Architect SAFA, Doctoral student, Tampere University (TAU), Finland
Sofie Pelsmakers, D.Sc., Architect, Assistant professor, Tampere University (TAU), Finland; Aarhus School of Architecture (AAA), Denmark

Workshop organizer/contact person: 
Taru Lehtinen,, +358 40 580 7470