Passive Housing and Sustainable Energy technology using timber frame construction – PHASE Project

Building Energy GraphicThe PHASE project aims to send 80 people from the Irish construction industry to Germany for training and exchange of best practice. This activity is funded as part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, Leonardo da Vinci Mobility which is administered in Ireland by Léargas. The project provides a unique opportunity for people in the Irish construction sector to up-skill in the field of low energy building while witnessing first-hand the implementation of energy efficient practices in German construction.

The programme of training is designed for qualified people in the construction industry such as crafts workers, technicians, architects and engineers. Selected participants will attend a two week programme in Biberach, South Germany which consists of a combination of classroom training/practical workshops and site visits to passive house projects and associated product manufacturers.



The Kompetenz Zentrum für Holzbau und Ausbau (KOMZET) in Biberach is a centre of excellence in the field of low energy buildings, particularly using timber frame construction. This programme facilitates the transfer of knowledge between construction professionals and gives participants the opportunity to gain an insight into the German construction industry to promote the transfer of innovative practices.
Participants will be sent in four groups of 20 people. Those who successfully complete the programme will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Europass Mobility document. Flights, accommodation, and food are paid for as part of the programme. Thirty hours of culture and language preparation prior to travelling to Germany will be provided and is a mandatory requirement for participation.

Application details are available at

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