New water efficiency technologies present an increasing problem within an emerging economic growth area supported by European policies focused on the energy performance of buildings and the promotion of “green” practices and environmental friendly approaches in the construction sector.
The supply of new skills and training is necessary to enable water companies, construction companies, and associations of employers and employees in the water industry to respond to these environmental and economic challenges.
The installation of water efficient technologies requires a level of enhanced and diverse skills: sufficient and adequate digital competences, electronic literacy on device embedded software, and additional technical skills combined with environmental knowledge.
Modern water technicians should possess interdisciplinary knowledge about different techniques that promote environmental sustainability and cost effectiveness. They should also be able to carry out consultation with customers to promote the new water efficient services, products and techniques.
To achieve this, they need to acquire the knowledge, qualities and “soft” skills of a consultant, combined with the “hard” skills of a competent digital technician.
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