Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) (September 2019)

TU Dublin (DT9771)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate Level 9

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Dublin School of Architecture at TU Dublin

General Information
Contact

Joseph Little

Email

joseph.little@dit.ie

Phone

01 402 3692

Address

Dublin School of Architecture
TU Dublin - City Campus,
Bolton Street / Linenhall,
Dublin 1, Ireland

Role

Head of the Programme

Important Dates
Application Deadline

08/07/2019

Start Date

09/09/2019

End Date

12/06/2020

About this Course

As of January 2019 all non-residential buildings in Ireland must be built to the super-low energy 'Nearly Zero Energy Building' standard (nZEB), as transposed in Part-L. The design implications for such changes go far beyond simple increases in individual specifications: they require greater knowledge, new skills in using evaluative tools and an earlier and more integrated and collaborative technical design engagement.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) programme is a 1-year part-time programme, delivered over two semesters, which has been designed to enable building design professionals to develop skills in energy efficiency design as the basis for new and renovation building projects. Through the use of a range of conceptual analysis tools, centred on energy and thermal performance calculation methodologies, computer modelling and analysis skills culminating in project assignments, the student has the ability to upskill and refocus their approach to building design and specification.

In Semester 1 the modules are: nZEB Policy & Technologies; nZEB Calculation & Cost Optimality; and Energy Modelling Tools #1 (DEAP). In Semester 1 the mdoules are: Energy Modelling Tools #2 (PHPP); Hygrothermal Risk Assessment for Building Performance; and Thermal Bridge Calculation for Building Performance.

Objectives

On successful completion of the PGCert BP(EED) programme the student will be able to:

1. Analyse and calculate the thermal performance of new and existing buildings using a range of fabric heat loss calculation methods and computer applications.
2. Develop building design proposals which incorporate and integrate airtightness design and installation requirements within a whole building energy performance design and construction strategy.
3. Assess and implement ventilation design strategies which support and compliment a low energy building fabric performance receiving environment.
4. Execute an assessment of surface condensation risk (fRsi) in building fabric assemblies using linear thermal bridge calculation in order to develop code compliant construction details which manage mould risk.
5. Execute an assessment of condensation risk analysis in building fabric assemblies using hygrothermal modelling and develop code compliant construction assemblies to manage hygrothermal risk.
6. Appraise a low energy building design proposal to determine overheating risk potential and propose fabric and services installation mitigation measures to manage overheating risk.
7. Manipulate building space, layout and orientation to optimise geometry and form factor as a fundamental design driver in achieving passive low energy building performance at optimal cost.
8. Apply the principles of life cycle cost analysis in selecting fabric interventions, services installations and renewable technologies and apply an understanding of the financial parameters impacting on cost optimality

Entry Requirements

The PGCert.BP(EED) programme is open to the following categories of applicants:

A: Registered Architects
B: Professionally qualified architects who are or have been members of the RIAI, subject to interview.
C: Registered Architectural Technologists
D: Professionally qualified Architectural Technologists, subject to the requirements scheduled below.
E: Registered Building Surveyors
F: Chartered Engineers
G: Professionally qualified Engineers, subject to a minimum 2.2 Level 8 qualification plus 2 years minimum relevant accredited professional experience, or equivalent.
H: Other technical design professionals subject to a minimum 2.2 Level 8 qualification plus 2 years minimum relevant accredited professional experience, or equivalent.

Long Description

As of January 2019 all non-residential buildings in Ireland must be built to the super-low energy 'Nearly Zero Energy Building' standard (nZEB), as transposed in Part-L. This is a huge jump as conservation of energy standards were last revised for non-residential buildings in 2005. A jump of similar magnitude will shortly take place for the new category of dwellings undergoing major renovation and a smaller jump for new dwellings. The design implications for such changes go far beyond simple increases in individual specifications: they require greater knowledge, new skills in using evaluative tools and an earlier and more integrated and collaborative technical design engagement. Ensuring the theoretical performance is delivered in the completed building is increasingly central to the process, while changes to building control in Ireland bring additional weight to certification of compliance.

The nZEB Standard requires industry upskilling on an unprecedented scale across the EU. Based on our experience developing upskilling programmes over the past seven years, it is clear to the building performance team in the Dublin School of Architecture that the extent of the knowledge gap within the disciplines of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector is, as yet, unappreciated. Recognising the scale of this emerging upskilling challenge we have developed new skills and teaching methods to deliver a range of programmes in science-based building performance. This new suite of programmes commenced in September 2017.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) programme is a 1-year part-time programme, delivered over two semesters, which has been designed to enable building design professionals to develop skills in energy efficiency design as the basis for new and renovation building projects. Through the use of a range of conceptual analysis tools, centred on energy and thermal performance calculation methodologies, computer modelling and analysis skills culminating in project assignments, the student has the ability to upskill and refocus their approach to building design and specification.

In Semester 1 the modules are: nZEB Policy & Technologies; nZEB Calculation & Cost Optimality; and Energy Modelling Tools #1 (DEAP). In Semester 1 the mdoules are: Energy Modelling Tools #2 (PHPP); Hygrothermal Risk Assessment for Building Performance; and Thermal Bridge Calculation for Building Performance.

The Postgraduate Certificate has been designed to facilitate the upskilling of fully-employed building design professionals. For this reason it is delivered primarily online with periodic on-site workshops. There is a full suite of online learning resources, (including website, videoed lectures, multiple choice exams, live webinars, social media etc.).

Timetable Info

There are three modules in each of two semesters. Each module has four teaching weeks and two concluding weeks wherein a small project is completed. At the end of Week 5 an onsite workshop provides an opportunity for feedback and tutorial to support the project.

Delivery Location

TU Dublin Bolton Street Campus

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

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