Capacity Building for Energy-Efficient Buildings Towards a Sustainable Built Environment in the Gaza Strip – Palestine | CBEEB

Islamic University of Gaza Administration Building (opens image in lightbox) © Ahmed Muhaisen

Project coordinator: Matthias Schuss

Coordinating institution: Vienna University of Technology

Partner institution: Islamic University of Gaza (Ahmed Muhaisen)

Partner Country: Palestinian Territories

Project duration: 1st of January 2018 – 31st of December 2019

CBEEB project is initiated as part of a drive to limit further deterioration of living conditions in the Gaza Strip – Palestine, which are influenced, in part, by massive shortage of electricity. Currently, the supplied electricity is about 40-50% of the actual needs of the people in the Gaza Strip. Saving energy in buildings and utilising available renewable energy resources is proposed, therefore, as an immediate action to tackle this problem. Based on the previous academic partnership project (PEEB), it was clearly found that a strong supply of awareness and skills can help to drive sustainable construction forward, making skills-led strategies for energy efficient buildings viable.

Therefore, the current project (CBEEB) will continue on the same track, with a special focus on developing the practical and professional skills of architects and engineers working in the local organizations. This will be carried out through various activities as follows:

  • The development of a professional diploma (for a year) in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. The diploma will be the first in the Gaza strip of its kind, and thus expected to contribute considerably to building the capacity of local organizations and make the approach of energy efficient buildings more achievable.
  • Developing the current MSc module offered as part of the MSc programme in architecture at IUG. The module will be developed in accordance with the guidelines and contents of the module on energy efficiency developed for BSc students in the previous (PEEB) project.
  • Promotional, awareness and scientific meetings and activities will constitute a considerable part of the project. This will include organising workshops, lectures, a study day and disseminating information through available means. Moreover, the project will contribute to strengthen the cooperative relations between the Palestinian and Austrian institutions and establish long lasting academic and research links.