Certificate in NZEB Design (Postgraduate)

Waterford Institute of Technology (TBC)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate level 9

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Mixed

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Department of Engineering Technology

General Information
Contact

Lorraine Quirke/ Mervin Doyle

Email

springboard@wit.ie

Phone

051834137

Address

Room A03, SOLLE
Waterford Institute of Technology
Main Campus
Cork Road
Waterford

Important Dates
Application Deadline

09/09/2019

Start Date

09/09/2019

End Date

28/08/2020

About this Course

The Certificate in NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) Design aims to provide expertise in the design and construction of dwellings and buildings other than dwellings to comply with the NZEB standards. It aims to provide the professional with the knowledge and skills to quantify energy flow paths in buildings, and to make engineered decisions as to energy reduction, thermal and electrical and energy supply measures. National and EU legislation requires a reduction energy use and energy related CO2 emissions, such as the change in Irish Building Regulations to Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB).

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold an NFQ Level 8 Honours degree in Engineering, Science or cognate discipline. Alternatively applicants who do not hold the standard qualifying NFQ Level 8 qualification criteria, but have relevant industrial experience may be considered for admission to the programme under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and subject to an interview. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. http://www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements

Long Description

Description
This programme aims to provide a professional with the knowledge and skills to quantify energy flow paths in buildings, and to make engineered decisions as to energy reduction, thermal and electrical and energy supply measures, particularly in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.
National and EU legislation requires a reduction in energy use and energy related CO2 emissions, such as the change in Irish Building Regulations to Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB). This change in regulation for dwellings and buildings other than dwellings has increased requirements in energy efficiency, carbon reduction and renewable energy contribution hence the need for a professional with the skills to assess these requirements. Engineering professionals in the built environment are faced with new challenges and hence new opportunities in energy related areas the role of the “Sustainability Consultant” or a professional with advanced skills in the area of sustainability has grown substantially in recent years, this programme aims to fill this knowledge gap.


According to the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) regarding the skills needed for the NZEB standard, There may be a steep learning curve to achieve the improved standards if professionals have not already upskilled. Demonstrating compliance will become more technical. Design teams need to develop understanding of the software to demonstrate compliance, though more guidance from Government is still required. Achieving higher level improvements will require greater integrated design team working at an earlier design stage. The emphasis on the fabric of the building, will need more in-depth understanding of designing for solar shading, thermal bridge free construction, air tightness and glazing ratios etc. Greater knowledge is required around more efficient lighting, services and renewables”

Modules
The programme content is divided into 2 distinct areas,
Low Energy Design
Energy modelling, management and analysis

The following are the modules under these areas:
Low energy Design modules

Low Energy Buildings Systems Design
Mechanical Services Systems
Electrical Generation Technology

Energy modelling, management and analysis modules
Energy modelling for nZEB Design
Building Energy Performance & Analysis
Energy Modelling for HVAC Systems & Controls

Progression
Graduates from this programme will be equipped with knowledge and skills to supplement their existing areas of expertise and allow them to progress to a career in the design or management of energy in buildings either in Ireland or abroad. They may find employment in fields such as
Energy Modelling
Assigned Certifier for Building Regulation Compliance
Local Authority Building Control
Mechanical and Electrical Design
Architectural Design
BIM Practitioners

Delivery
Completion of the programme in Full time mode consists of completion of 6 modules in total, 3 modules per semester.
This programme is delivered in a block format, with attendance once per month for 2 full days. (4 occasions per semester, 8 occasions per year).

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorraine Quirke

Address

Room A03, SOLLE
Waterford Institute of Technology
Main Campus
Cork Road
Waterford

Phone

051834137

Email

springboard@wit.ie

RPL Information

https://www.wit.ie/schools/education/springboard_ictskills#tab=panel-2

Application Procedures

www.springboardcourses.ie