Building capacity on sustainability and green building practices among governments, non-governmental groups and communities
In order to ensure successful implementation and anchoring of technical energy measures, capacity building is provided as an inbuilt component of New Technology Center's services. We provide training and capacity building activities to professionals and at an institutional level to governments, non-governmental groups and communities, as well as any potential interim or final users of products or technologies. Understanding energy usage and how to plan and manage energy efficiently are important skills to build at all organizational levels. This implies addressing capacity building on a long-term strategic level. Concepts such as leadership, awareness and constituency building are part and parcel of our institution building.

Solid Biomass Fuel Guideline

Training course on Green and Energy-Efficient Construction was prepared at the request of Tbilisi City Hall. Training was aimed at increase of qualification of representatives (architects, engineers and designers) of construction companies developing building project in the area of Tbilisi municipality. Training was prepared in partnership with Dagenbach Landscapes and Green Building Council Georgia according to international certification schemes of LEEDS and BREEAM.

Solid Biomass Fuel Guideline

The present work has been drawn up by a group of authors in order to support the production and development of a solid wood biomass in Georgia. The joint project of United Nations Development Programme UNDP, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Georgia: by the Global Environment Fund GEF funding. The aim of the work is to help architects, engineers and all interested individuals to create and implement projects, using solid wood biomass resources, through recycling them as biologically clean renewable source of resources. In this way, the bio-fuel conversion (air-oven, heating boiler, cooking stove, etc.), engineering technology integrated in interior and exterior design will be implemented.

Lecture Course on Economics and Finance of Solid Biomass Energy for UNDP Georgia

Lecture course was prepared for Biomass Production and Utilization Project of UNDD Georgia and provides details on how to identify potential sources of solid biomass and factors that affect the supply side of biomass industry; describe the costs related to woody biomass production and utilization; understand the cost-competitiveness of biomass and bioenergy and recognize the potential socioeconomic impacts of woody biomass production and utilization on rural communities.

Wood-Frame Construction Guide and Training of Engineers and Builders

From February 2010 with the support of Vocational Education Project New Technology Center held the new training course on the subject of wood-frame construction and healthy building. The aim of the course was to provide Georgia with professional engineers and builders in the field of wood-frame construction. The course duration was one month and covered all the aspects of the wood-frame and prefabricated house construction. The training course covered the following topics: long-term timber preservation and treatment, basics of building physics, ground and basement works, wood-frame construction technologies and principles, healthy housing in modern architecture and other subjects.

The course was based on European building standards registered in Georgia. The lectures were delivered by local engineer-builders and foreign specialists from international companies. Participants of the course simultaneously with the theoretical lectures were assigned to practical works at the production facility of New Technology Center and construction projects implemented by company. Trainees also took part in the preparation of the Wood-Frame Construction Guide which describes the whole cycle of the construction methodology. The guide was published in May 2010.

Training Courses by NTC and USAID's Vocational Education Project

In December 2009, New Technology Center with the support of USAID's Vocational Education Project has retrained 20 concrete workers. The training course involved 2 week theoretical lessons which were held by local specialists and professional engineers from Great Britain and Germany.

The trainees have mastered the whole process of building using the reinforced concrete, which included all the stages of building reinforced concrete constructions: gauge manufacturing, reinforcement weaving, underpouring and surface treatment. The trainees formed an independent construction team and founded a company Mshenebeli 2010+. With the help of New Technology Center and Vocational Education Project newly founded company was provided with the equipment and machinery required for reinforced concrete works. At this moment, recently established company is working at the construction site of New Technology Centre at Nakulbakevi territory where they are executing all the concrete related works.