Due to the use of environmentally hazardous and inefficient building materials and the lack of sufficient thermal insulation, valuable resources and an unnecessary amount of heating energy are wasted every day in many parts of the world. The application of sustainable building techniques, renovation measures and the implementation of resource-saving technologies could however make a substantial contribution to environmental protection and the mitigation of climate change. Making use of this potential has become a central objective of the countries in the Maghreb region; one, however, that is currently held back by a lack of personnel qualified in the use of energy efficient building techniques.
Against this backdrop, adelphi hosted a series of training seminars for participants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on energy efficient building envelopes. These training sessions, organised on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), aimed to impart hands-on knowledge and skills which engineers from vocational education institutions and the construction industry could then disseminate in their home countries. The practice-oriented seminars in Germany and in the Maghreb region were complemented by field trips and units on didactics and training methodology.