The Sonnenplatz Großschönau has already trained around 500 experts in the fields of construction and energy. In addition to the energy consultant's course, other training programs were also offered:
From 2009 – 2016, Sonnenplatz Großschönau, the Construction.Energy.Environment Cluster Lower Austria and Danube University Krems have organized 12 passive house planer qualification courses. In order to meet quality requirements of passive houses, planers and architects need specialist in-depth knowledge. The certificate obtainable through this qualification course shows clients that project partners possess the knowledge and experience required when planning and building passive houses.
Um den Qualitätsanforderungen des Passivhauses gerecht zu werden, ist fundiertes Fachwissen der Planer und Architekten erforderlich. Das durch diesen Lehrgang erlangte Zertifikat zeigt dem Bauherren, dass sein Projektpartner das Wissen und die Erfahrung für die Planung und den Bau von Passivhäusern hat.
For the first time in Austria, the course “Certified PassiveHouseBuilder” was held at Sonnenplatz Großschönau. From 2011 – 2014, 13 practice-oriented educational courses have taught all kinds of craftsmen and women, theoretical and practical specialist knowledge about passive house technology in restoration and new construction. Passive house standards include certain quality requirements. To fulfill these requirements, it is imperative for planners and executing employees to possess in-depth expert knowledge. In the course of this Austrian-wide unique course, expert craftsmen and women were able to learn theoretical specialist knowledge about passive house technology and strengthen new skills through practical exercises.
Sunshine Academy was hosted from 2010 until 2012, with the support of the federal government of Lower Austria, as well as the office for energy economy. In only 23 hours, a compact overview of the current energy situation and a package of measures was developed, which could help increase purchasing power, added value and energy safety within the municipality.
At the end, all alumni were gifted a tool box, filled with various methods and ideas (including energy consultation, ecological consultation, energy agency, Sonnenplatz, etc.).
From 2001 until 2012, the so called “schönauerExpertentage” presented a highlight in the annual passive house conference scene, where experts and specialists from the DACH region would talk about topics like energy efficient construction, and thermal restoration. Each year, the program would impress with international keynote speakers. Review of the 11th “schönauerExpertentage” from November 8th until November 9th of 2012
“Energy efficient construction and thermal restoration as contributions towards energy transition”
During the so far last „schönauerExpertentage“, CEO Josef Bruckner was able to welcome DI Theodor Zillner of BMVIT, DI Michaela Smertnig of Bau.Energie.Umwelt Cluster Lower Austria, Direktor Johann Pollak of Raiba Weitra and tried and true host DI Dr. Peter Holzer of Danube University Krems. In his opening statement, DI Theodor Zillner of BMVIT emphasized that countries within the DACH region enjoy a front row seat in the construction industry, saying how happy he is that experts from all three countries were among the invited speakers. Host Peter Holzer explained “The top-level quality of these speakers and the intimacy among participants is an incredible and unique opportunity – this only exists during the schönauerExpertentage”.
Topics included energy efficient construction, comfort ventilation, as well as innovative components and solutions in science. Keynote speakers included Arch. DI Johannes Kislinger, Obmann IG Passivhaus Österreich and Arch. Thomas Metzler, IG Passivhaus Schweiz. The soirée was thematically matching with the motto “climate:active award show 2012” and was a cooperation with the Bau.Energie.Umwelt Cluster Lower Austria and the energy and environment agency Lower Austria. During the course of these festivities, Sonnenplatz Großschönau was privileged to receive the klima:active award for constructing a research and competence center for construction and energy.