The chief lecturer in the training is eng.Veneta Novakova who is also an R&D Director in ETEM Group.
So far, a “Facade Engineering” speciality has not been available in Bulgarian Universities – this is an activity which requires specific competencies and occupies a significant part in the construction process.
"Such a speciality is already taught in several universities in Europe and the introduction thereof is dictated by the construction branch needs and the demand of such specialists in this area", thinks eng. Novakova. In her opinion, there is a deficiency of trained personnel in Bulgaria, in addition, the important role of the facade and the most important function thereof – provision of comfort to the building residents regardless the environmental conditions – is still underestimated.
Therefore, training of young specialists in the area of facade engineering turns out to be a vocation for eng. Veneta Novakova, and the start of the new discipline is a result of a long-lasting campaign of ЕТЕМ with regular lectures on facade engineering in different universities with construction specialities.
VSU "Lyuben Karavelov" is the first university to create a training program on facade engineering. The main purpose of the new discipline in the University of Structural Engineering and Architecture (VSU) is to help students understand the important role of the facade envelope, familiarize with the different types of facades, with the design, technology and organization of the design of individual facade elements and systems.
The teaching methodology of eng. Novakova in this discipline which is new for Bulgaria includes lectures and a practical part in which students will acquire direct impressions from different facade systems. During the first training session conducted, students visited emblematic real sites and production capacities. The tour included the highest building in Bulgaria – “Capital Fort“. Students had the possibility to look closely at the bespoke modular facade of the 126-meter building of “Capital Fort“- E99 specifically designed by ETEM for the project.
The facade is designed so as to take serious loads and slab shifts resulting from earthquakes and to provide protection against water and air ingress. The student tour ended with a visit to the production plant of ETEM inn Sofia. Eng. Novakova acquainted the future specialists with the advanced technologies and the production process of curtain wall systems and ventilated facade systems.
Training on the new discipline ended with giving a current mark which is formed on the basis of a test and the practice conducted. Students share their impressions from the useful practice and their gratitude for the efforts made on the part of the lecturer in a site made purposely by them -http://facades.dreampif.com/.