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EmiratesGBC, TÜV Rheinland offer advanced building retrofit training

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Nov 27, 2020 2:00:00 PM
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The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) – an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices - has partnered with TÜV Rheinland Middle East to upskill the public and private sector in the Middle East region with advanced retrofit capabilities.

Participants will get complete access to the Advanced Building Retrofit Training course designed by EmiratesGBC and endorsed by TÜV Rheinland Middle East. Those who pass the examination conducted by PersCert TÜV will receive the ‘Building Retrofit Specialist with TÜV Rheinland Certified Qualification’, an internationally recognized certificate for building retrofit.

The training consists of four modules and will cover several important elements of building retrofit such as auditing and commissioning, HVAC, motors, pumps and fans, HVAC electronically commutated motors (ECMs), air quality, lighting, energy management system, building automation system, electric network, solar systems, water, waste, economic evaluation, measurement instruments, retrofit procedures and case studies, and retrofitting to net-zero.
Commenting on the training offered, the chairman of EmiratesGBC, HE Ali Al Jassim, said: “At EmiratesGBC, our aim is to support the region in driving sustainable built environments, thereby adding more value to property and other core economic sectors. In this, building retrofits play a key role, more so as nations such as the UAE work towards its commitment to achieve net-zero Buildings by 2050. Our partnership with the TÜV Rheinland Group will enable organizations to prepare for Net Zero Buildings by covering critical aspects such as waste disposal and water treatment, indoor air quality and deep retrofit.”

The chief executive officer of TÜV Rheinland Middle East, Fares Naouri, said: “TÜV Rheinland is a leading competence companion for excellence in the technical qualification field. Bringing around 150 years of experience, we offer over 750 certification programs for professionals in over 150 locations worldwide. We are privileged to partner with Emirates GBC to support in imparting the necessary skillsets for Building Retrofit trainings. These will help the professionals from both public and private sectors to empower their technical competencies in building retrofit and gain global recognition at the same time.”

To qualify for taking part in the Advanced Building Retrofit Training course, aspirants should have a degree in architecture or any of the building-related area such as civil, electric, energy or mechanical engineering. Participants should also have at least one year of professional experience in building engineering or energy management, and/or five years of work experience if they do not have a university degree in any building-related area of engineering or architecture.

On completion, participants will gain knowledge in building retrofit principles and procedures applicable to the MENA region; energy audits, building commissioning, preventive maintenance, and measurement and verification; difference between different HVAC systems and controls; and identify energy efficient HVAC systems, lighting, pumps, fans, motors.

The 2020 Advanced Building Retrofit Training will be held on November 29 - 30 and December 6 - 7, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and the examination will be held on December 14. For the year 2021, the training sessions will be held from March 10 - 11 and 17 - 18; August 11 - 12 and 18 - 19; and November 21 - 22 and 28 - 29. Exam dates will be announced closer to the sessions. EmiratesGBC will also conduct the 2021 Introductory Building Retrofit Trainings on February 24 - 25; July 7 - 8 and November 14 - 15, which will be independently certified.

The EmiratesGBC Building Retrofit Training Programme is designed to teach the fundamentals of building retrofit and energy efficiency specific to the MENA region.