As a pivotal component of the BUILD_ME project, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) successfully initiated the inaugural Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) Experts training in Lebanon. This collaborative effort was conducted in partnership with Guidehouse and hosted by the Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA) in Tripoli.
Dr. Sorina Mortada and Eng. Ammar Fadlallah from LCEC led the comprehensive training, drawing participation from 32 architects and engineers with diverse backgrounds. The sessions covered a range of topics, encompassing an overview of energy efficiency and renewable energy concepts, an in-depth exploration of the Building Energy Performance (BEP) tool through case studies and exercises, and a detailed explanation of the EPC labeling scheme in Lebanon. Additionally, the training delved into the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder involved.
The EPC scheme will play a significant role in promoting transparency regarding the energy performance of the buildings sector. It will not only serve as a catalyst for financial initiatives but will also be instrumental in establishing a comprehensive national database. This database, in turn, informs policies and national action plans that will promote energy-efficient practices within the building sector across the country. As a crucial component of the scheme, trained EPC experts will prepare all technical and administrative documents for building energy labels on behalf of end-users, using the BEP tool.
This major milestone will be followed soon with various trainings of the other different target groups including EPC Auditors, Finance and Project developers, as well as EPC owners which represent the local entities in the target countries.
The BUILD_ME project is financed by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). Implemented with collaboration of Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC), Integrated Development Group (IDG), Royal Scientific Society in Jordan (RSS), and the Intergovernmental Partner (RCREEE). The project is a promising step towards achieving highly efficient buildings in the MENA region.