houses of europe

Houses of Europe - main objective

The project’s objective is for the participating students to become acquainted with the respective national regulations for conserving energy and then compare this statute with the European standard. In addition, they will be comparing those realizations and recognize that they differ from each other. During the project the students will introduce the most energy efficient constructions of each country in different sections i.e. walls, roofs, windows, and floors. After that the students compare the constructions in international groups and choose the most energy efficient one. This is based on the standardized European U-values and noting the different national values. The whole process of the project will be documented on a corresponding Internet platform.  At the final student meeting the construction of a European house according to the results of the previous meetings will be realized by all participating countries and then displayed at Nyköping airport. By means of this project young students realize how they can influence the climate change as future designers, constructors or engineers.
At the meetings each participating country will present the most energy efficient constructions considering the country-specific realization of the European regulation. On the basis of these presentations conclusions will be drawn to decide which constructions and building material will be most suitable to reduce the energy consumption sustainably.
Accordingly, a transfer of knowledge should be enabled and influence the individual educational process. A manual will illustrate how the construction of the house including the energy-efficient elements can be realized. Therefore, each school of the participating countries can build its own house according to this prototype.

Houses of Europe - motivation

Global warming and climate change have become worldwide threats to the humanity. At the same time the end of fossil energy sources is foreseeable.  Heating and air-conditioning of buildings play an important part in the overall energy consumption. However this consumption can be reduced significantly by a suitable construction of the building envelope.
Buildings are a central element of prosperity in the European Union. They are as important for the EU’s endeavours to save energy and to fight the climate change as they are for the contribution to secure the energy supply.
At the same time, the specific aims are realized differently within the European Union.
This is considered to be the starting point of our project. The discussion about the different national norms and standards and the corresponding sensitization for international and regional specifications will enable the students to reflect and improve their professional competence. They will eventually contribute to an improvement of the energy efficiency of houses and support the building industry in constructing buildings of higher quality.
In addition, the students will apply their methodological competence everywhere and will use their language competence (notably in the regional languages i.E. Gaelic) in Europe to work in international teams.

Houses of Europe - strategy

The partnership’s objective is for the participating students to become acquainted with the respective national regulations for conserving energy and then compare this statute with the European standard. In addition, they will be comparing those realizations and recognize that they differ from each other.   
During the project the students will introduce the most energy efficient constructions of each country in different sections i.e. walls, roofs, windows, and floors.
After that the students compare the constructions in international groups and choose the most energy efficient one. This is based on the standardized European U-values and noting the different national values. The whole process of the project will be documented on a corresponding Internet platform which will be improved at each session by the students depending on their results.


The last student meeting will be prepared by all participants. They will finally build a model house of 15m² by assembling the single elements of an optimized European house which will be displayed at Nyköping airport.


All European countries are prompted to reduce their CO2 emissions and energy consumptions. Simultaneously all buildings in Europe are being tested with regard to their energy efficiency.
In the future so called “energy passes” have to be issued for new and already existing buildings. This classification into different classes of energy efficiency enables the comparability of energy consumption and efficiency.
As the method of learning, the participating institutions have agreed on the illustration of the energy-efficient constructions in sections by models, films, posters, and photos. The students will be guided to plan, execute and evaluate the meetings on their own.
During the lessons they will prepare the project meetings in small groups. After that they will present their work during the project meetings and finally execute and evaluate them in multinational groups.
All in all this project follows the method of autonomous learning by means of an orientation towards project work resulting in a final product. Modules for method training, communication training and team development are planned as accompanying measurements during the national project phases.

Houses of Europe - partners

INSTITUTO DE ENSEÑANZA SECUNDARIA GENETO (IES GENETO) LA LAGUNA, TENERIFE, SPAIN

IES Geneto is a Secondary school which is situated in the outside area of La Laguna. There are also vocational studies of first and second degrees. Our students have ages between 13 and more than 20 years. We have 567 students at the moment.
The sociocultural level of our students is mild.
The project was approved by the faculty of the instititute. There are three departmentes involved: Building and Construction, Technology and English departments.
ΛΥΚΕΙΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΕΧΝΙΚΗ ΣΧΟΛΗ ΠΟΛΗΣ ΧΡΥΣΟΧΟΥΣ , POLIS, CYPRUS

Likio - Techniki Scholi  Polis is a combined  vocational secondary and  Lyceum school in Polis, Cyprus. The building construction department attracts  about 60 students from a total of approximately 250, and usually they are not motivated in theoretical subjects. In the course of the proposed program subjects like English and Mathematics, will have to be tackle in a practical way.

GAIRMSCOIL CHÚ ULADH, LETTERKENNY, IRELAND

The school is a small rural vocational secondary school situated in a remote region of the Donegal Highlands.    The nearest village is Fintown 5Km away, the nearest town are Ballybofey (25Km) and Letterkenny (30Km).  The school has been designated disadvantaged and is funded under the Department of Education's DEIS programme.  The school is located in the Gaeltacht and the language of instruction is Irish.  The school is an inclusive school catering for students aged 12 to 18 years with a broad range of abilities, including those students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

MAX-BORN-BERUFSKOLLEG, RECKLINGHAUSEN, GERMANY

The Max-Born-Berufskolleg is a technical vocational school in Recklinghausen specialized in constructional engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and design.
The different courses of education offer school qualifications combined with vocational competences and qualifications. The emphasis of the education lies in the acquisition of theoretical as well as practical skills.
Currently approximately 3,000 students attend the Max-Born-Berufskolleg. 120 teachers and staff members ensure the implementation of educational facilities.
The Max-Born-Berufskolleg is located at the northern border of the so-called Ruhr area. This former industrial region has undergone a massive structural change within the last couple of years which has led to a high rate of unemployment and consequential problems. This region is populated by many different cultural groups from European and non-European countries.

Houses of Europe - associated partners

NYKÖPINGS GYMNASIUM, BYGGYMNASIET, NYKÖPING, SWEDEN

Byggymnasiet, Nyköpings Gymnasium is a vocational secondary school in Nyköping, Sweden for builders and painters.. The construction programme accepts 90 students (of total 2400).

MALTA COLLAGE OF ARTS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, PAOLA, MALTA

MCAST is the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology.   The College, a unique institution on the Maltese Islands, is made up of 9 Institutes and a Gozo Centre, mainly:
• Institute of Information  and Communication Technology,
• Maritime Institute
• Business and Commerce Institute
• Mechanical Engineering Institute
• Electronics and Electrical Engineering Institute
• Agribusiness Institute
• Building and Construction Engineering Institute
• Art and Design Institute
• Institute of Community Services
• Gozo Centre

The College also has a Part time/Ad Hoc courses department, an International Programmes Department, a Sports Department, a Basic Skills Unit and a Vocational Teacher Training Unit.

The full-time student population now stands at approximately 5000 students.  During each academic year MCAST also provides short courses and ESF courses for approximately 4,000 part-time students.  MCAST employs approximately 300 teachers and 100 administrative staff.