Certificate in Near Zero Energy Buildings (September 2019)

Limerick Institute of Technology (SB19NZEB)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Near Zero Energy Buildings

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

20

Department

Department of Built Environment

General Information
Contact

Seamus Hoyne

Email

Seamus.Hoyne@lit.ie

Phone

+00353(0)50428114

Address

Limerick Institute of Technology - Thurles Campus, Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, E41 PC92

Role

Programme Leader

Important Dates
Application Deadline

09/09/2019

Start Date

23/09/2019

End Date

01/06/2020

About this Course

The residential sector accounts for 25% of all energy used in Ireland. European Directives require that all new buildings must meet a Near Zero Energy Building standard by 2020 (2018 in the case of public buildings). In addition, changes in building regulations and compliance criteria, continued development of micro generation systems and emerging innovative design solutions require professionals with expertise and knowledge of in this continually evolving area. This programme, will deal with passive solar and sustainable building design, renewable energy systems and air-tightness/ventilation with a particular focus on the residential sector.

The programme is targeted at architects, builders, engineers and others involved in the building sector. Participants will develop an outline design for a new or retrofitted building with the aim of achieving a Near Zero Energy Building.

The programme will be delivered on-line with a total of 2 weekend sessions for site visits and design tutorials.

Students will study passive solar design for new and retrofitting buildings, building materials and methods that can be used from a sustainability perspective. They will engage in the design of renewable energy heating and electricity systems for dwellings. For the relevant technologies, the programme will take the participant through the entire design cycle from site evaluation, choice of technology, system component selection and load analysis. Participants will develop a complete design for a new or retrofitted building with the aim of achieving a Near Zero Energy Building.

Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to develop learners who
• Are aware of relevant regulations, directives and requirements to meet current and emerging energy standards for buildings.
• Have a knowledge and skills in relation to low energy building fabric, air tightness, ventilation and energy services including renewable energy supply.
• Can develop preliminary designs and approaches for low energy (residential) buildings.
• Have the ability to maintain and update their knowledge in relation to Near Zero Energy Buildings.

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements will normally be a pass in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics or an equivalent qualification. Applicants who do not meet these requirements but who are aged 23 and over will be considered for entry on the basis of a written assessment and, if appropriate, also an interview. Equivalence may be demonstrated by an appropriate qualification and significant relevant experience

Long Description

The residential sector accounts for 25% of all energy used in Ireland. European Directives require that all new buildings must meet a Near Zero Energy Building standard by 2020 (2018 in the case of public buildings). In addition, changes in building regulations and compliance criteria, continued development of micro generation systems and emerging innovative design solutions require professionals with expertise and knowledge of in this continually evolving area. This programme, will deal with passive solar and sustainable building design, renewable energy systems and air-tightness/ventilation with a particular focus on the residential sector.

The programme is targeted at architects, builders, engineers and others involved in the building sector. Participants will develop an outline design for a new or retrofitted building with the aim of achieving a Near Zero Energy Building.

The programme will be delivered on-line with a total of 2 weekend sessions for site visits and design tutorials.

Students will study passive solar design for new and retrofitting buildings, building materials and methods that can be used from a sustainability perspective. They will engage in the design of renewable energy heating and electricity systems for dwellings. For the relevant technologies, the programme will take the participant through the entire design cycle from site evaluation, choice of technology, system component selection and load analysis. Participants will develop a complete design for a new or retrofitted building with the aim of achieving a Near Zero Energy Building.

Modules:
Passive Solar and Sustainable Building Design: Upon completion of this module the student will be able to critically evaluate the different design elements, building methods and materials in order to design a sustainable passive solar dwelling.

Air Tightness and Ventilation: The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the importance of air tightness in relation to NZEB and how to achieve appropriate, and healthy, ventilation within a residential building.

Small Scale Renewable Energy Systems: The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the ability to analyse the range of systems available for heating a residential building to an extent where they can select, size and cost the most appropriate technology(ies). The module will also enable the student to perform an initial design of a small-scale RE electrical system for a particular site and electrical requirements.

NZEB Project: This module is designed to allow the learner apply the knowledge gained in relation to NZEB to develop a particular NZEB design. The aim of project design will be to integrate concepts addressed in relation to passive solar design, renewable energy systems and air-tightness/ventilation into an overall high level design for a residential building (new build or retrofit). Students will also use relevant experience gained from site visits to support their design approach.

Why Choose This Course

The residential sector accounts for 25% of all energy used in Ireland. European Directives require that all new buildings must meet a Near Zero Energy Building standard by 2020 (2018 in the case of public buildings). In addition, changes in building regulations and compliance criteria, continued development of micro generation systems and emerging innovative design solutions require professionals with expertise and knowledge of in this continually evolving area. This programme, will deal with passive solar and sustainable building design, renewable energy systems and air-tightness/ventilation with a particular focus on the residential sector.

The programme is targeted at architects, builders, engineers and others involved in the building sector. Participants will develop an outline design for a new or retrofitted building with the aim of achieving a Near Zero Energy Building.

The programme will be delivered on-line with a total of 2 weekend sessions for site visits and design tutorials.

Students will study passive solar design for new and retrofitting buildings, building materials and methods that can be used from a sustainability perspective. They will engage in the design of renewable energy heating and electricity systems for dwellings. For the relevant technologies, the programme will take the participant through the entire design cycle from site evaluation, choice of technology, system component selection and load analysis. Participants will develop a complete design for a new or retrofitted building with the aim of achieving a Near Zero Energy Building.

Modules:
Passive Solar and Sustainable Building Design: Upon completion of this module the student will be able to critically evaluate the different design elements, building methods and materials in order to design a sustainable passive solar dwelling.

Air Tightness and Ventilation: The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the importance of air tightness in relation to NZEB and how to achieve appropriate, and healthy, ventilation within a residential building.

Small Scale Renewable Energy Systems: The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the ability to analyse the range of systems available for heating a residential building to an extent where they can select, size and cost the most appropriate technology(ies). The module will also enable the student to perform an initial design of a small-scale RE electrical system for a particular site and electrical requirements.

NZEB Project: This module is designed to allow the learner apply the knowledge gained in relation to NZEB to develop a particular NZEB design. The aim of project design will be to integrate concepts addressed in relation to passive solar design, renewable energy systems and air-tightness/ventilation into an overall high level design for a residential building (new build or retrofit). Students will also use relevant experience gained from site visits to support their design approach.

Career Opportunities

Limerick Institute of Technology's Flexible Learning Department has developed career guidance lectures specifically for Springboard Learners which outline all the supports provided by the college and provides best practice on preparing CVs and preparing for interviews. These lectures are delivered online through LIT's lecture capture systems and learner management system and are provided free to all Springboard learners. These lectures are supplemented by a forum which keeps learners up to date on all supports available from the Careers Service in the Institute.

The Careers Service at the Limerick Institute of Technology assists learners in the transition from education to work experience, further study or full-time employment. The service assists students in preparing for the jobs market, through one-to-one appointments, regular Quick Query/CV Clinic Drop-In Sessions and extensive on-line support. We offer group workshops on careers advice and guidance, further study options, practical CV preparation and interview and job search techniques. We also co-ordinate employer led events, such as seminars and annual events, such as the Careers & Further Options Fair.

The Service has excellent links with industry and works actively with key employers in placing learners, and welcomes employer visits for presentations and interviews on campus. Vacancies are advertised throughout the year through internal notice boards and emails. The Careers Service webpage and social media streams also advertise vacancies and events, and these are available to internal learners and former graduates. The service is contactable by e-mail at careers@lit.ie.

Graduates from the Limerick Institute of Technology are recognized by industry, both regionally and nationally, as having a high level of technical and commercial expertise, which, is very much in demand and gives learners multiple career opportunities.
This component is not credit bearing.

Timetable Info

Starting 23rd September 2019. On-line provision with 2 Saturday site visits (dates tbc).

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery; This programme is delivered using a mixture of online and classroom delivery.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Springboard Coordinator

Address

Department of Flexible Learning, Limerick Institute of Technology - Thurles Campus, Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, E41 PC92

Phone

+0035350428112

Email

Flexible@lit.ie

RPL Information

Applications may also be eligible for entry according to LIT's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Procedures.

Application Procedures

Application via Springboard portal http://www.springboardcourses.ie/