The Architects’ Council of Europe is the European organisation representing the architectural profession at European level. Its headquarters and Secretariat are located in Brussels. Its membership currently consists of 43 Member Organisations, which are the regulatory and professional representative bodies in all European Union (EU) Member States, and accession Countries, Switzerland and Norway. Through them, the ACE represents the interests of over 565.000 architects from 31 countries in Europe. Taking into account the expected contribution of the building sector to the 2020 objectives and beyond, it is clear that the role of the architects is crucial, as they are expected to deliver new or retrofitted buildings that offer high-energy performance. The need for appropriate training of architects is substantial as the building sector is confronted with a constant evolution of building materials and technologies. Moreover, innovative approaches both regarding the planning and management of the construction process are necessary in order to reach nZEB standards. For the above reasons, the availability of information and of appropriate training materials is vital.
Larissa De Rosso