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

TU Dublin (TU412)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Certificate

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin

General Information
Contact

Joseph Little

Email

joseph.little@tudublin.ie

Phone

0874179974

Address

Room 113c, Linenhall, TU Bolton Street

Role

Programme Chair

Important Dates
Application Deadline

31/08/2020

Start Date

11/09/2020

End Date

28/05/2021

About this Course

The NZEB Standard requires industry upskilling on an unprecedented scale across the EU. Dublin School of Architecture has developed a suite of blended online upskilling programmes, including the Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) (PGCert BPEED), the first stage of the nested Building Performance Masters, to provide the necessary upskilling to architects, architectural technologists, surveyors and engineers at postgraduate level.

Within four Taught Modules the student gains skills and knowledge in the use of a range of conceptual analysis tools, centred on energy and thermal performance calculation methodologies, computer modelling and analysis skills examined through online exams and small project assignments. The academic year culminates in a large Project Module through which the student can integrate their discipline knowledge, industry experience and learning from the previous four modules in a single complex residential design project.

For more information visit: http://www.dit.ie/architecture/findacourse/postgraduate/postgraduatecourse

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 BPEED programme is open to the following categories of applicants:
Registered architects;
Professionally qualified architects with two years industry experience post-graduation;
Registered Architectural Technologists;
Professionally qualified Architectural Technologists (with Level 8 degree) with two years industry experience post-graduation;
Professionally qualified Architectural Technologists (with Level 7 degree) subject to a minimum 2.2 Level 8 qualification plus 2 years minimum relevant accredited professional experience, or equivalent.
Registered Building Surveyors;
Building Surveyors with two years industry experience post-graduation, subject to interview;
Chartered Engineers;
Professionally qualified Engineers with two years industry experience post-graduation, subject to interview;
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

The NZEB Standard requires industry upskilling on an unprecedented scale across the EU. Based on our experience developing upskilling programmes over the past eight 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 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.

The suite of programmes commenced in September 2017 so has a mature blended online delivery and nationally-regarded lecturing team. PGCert BPEED aims to develop the student's capacity to engage in digital analysis, energy performance, design and renovation of new and existing buildings of varied type and levels of complexity, through a variety of energy analysis & simulation software applications.

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. Each semester comprises 300 learning hours, which equates to a commitment of ~20 hours in most weeks of each module.

Within four Taught Modules the student gains skills and knowledge in the use of a range of conceptual analysis tools, centred on energy and thermal performance calculation methodologies, computer modelling and analysis skills examined through online exams and small project assignments. The academic year culminates in a large Project Module through which the student can integrate their discipline knowledge, industry experience and learning from the previous four modules in a single complex residential design project.

In Semester 1 the modules are: 'NZEB Policy & Technologies' and 'Building Energy Modelling Using DEAP' or 'Building Energy Modelling Using PHPP'. In Semester 2 the modules are: 'Hygrothermal Risk Assessment for Building Performance' and 'Thermal Bridge Calculation for Building Performance' and 'Building Performance NZEB Design Project: Residential'.

Acknowledging the target group is generally employed, time poor & located throughout Ireland, the Programme is offered in blended online mode, with a well-tested, robust and flexible structure. The supports include a student handbook website, videoed lectures, software demonstrations, social media, live webinars, loads of feedback, with learning graded through multiple choice questionnaires, projects. Please note: in academic year 2020-21 the Programme will be delivered entirely online. The delivery suits those upskilling, re-skilling & returning to work.

For more information visit: https://www.dit.ie/architecture/findacourse/postgraduate/postgraduatecourses/coursename156278en.html

Why Choose This Course

Now starting its fourth year the Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) is the longest running and most developed programme in Ireland upskilling building design professionals in the area of NZEB specification and design, super-low energy building and renovation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be able to provide significant skills and knowledge in key areas of NZEB design and renovation; supporting better quality, safer building specification and design and, as a result, (BCAR) building certification. The concluding project also provides a portfolio project showing the integration of their design skills. The qualification should support career advancement within building design offices, help secure new employment by design offices, or attract clients wishing to procure high-performing new build and renovation projects.

Timetable Info

The programme is taught from Friday - Thursday each week. This facilitates those who may wish to study on Fridays Mondays or the weekend, ahead of weekly Tuesday evening webinars.

Each Taught Module has four teaching weeks and two project weeks wherein a small project is completed. At the end of week #5 of each module a half-day workshop provides an opportunity for feedback and tutorial to support the project.
It is wise to allow a time commitment of ~20 hours per week (for an average student) during the teaching weeks and ~10 hours per week for the two project weeks.

The concluding fifth module facilitates the creation of a large project in the 8 weeks after Easter. Allow ~20 hours per week for this module.

Delivery Location

In academic year 2020-21 the Programme will be delivered entirely online

Delivery Notes

The Postgraduate Certificate has been designed to facilitate the upskilling of fully-employed building design professionals.

For this reason it has designed to be delivered primarily online with periodic on-site workshops. In academic year 2020-21 those onsite workshops will also be online.

There is a full suite of online learning resources, (including website, videoed lectures, multiple choice exams, live webinars, social media etc.). For more information please visit: https://www.dit.ie/architecture/findacourse/postgraduate/postgraduatecourses/coursename156278en.html

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Joseph Little

Address

Room 113c, Linenhall, TU Bolton Street
(Do not post to this address during Lockdown. Please email all correspondence to joseph.little@tudublin.ie)

Phone

0874179974

Email

joseph.little@tudublin.ie

RPL Information

Please visit: https://www.dit.ie/academicaffairsandregistrar/recognitionofpriorlearning/

Application Procedures

Application to Springboard+ portal, followed by review of applications by Programme Team, Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin.

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