Certificate in Engineering in nZEB Design (Postgraduate) (Certificate in NZEB Design (January 2021))

Waterford Institute of Technology (ENZEB)
Key Programme Details
Award

Minor

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom, Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Department of Built Environment

General Information
Contact

Lorraine Quirke

Email

lquirke@wit.ie

Phone

051834137

Address

Springboard Administrator
School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road

Role

Springboard Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

22/01/2021

Start Date

25/01/2021

End Date

17/12/2021

About this Course

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 Consultants 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.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the PG Cert in NZEB Design MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering should hold a NFQ Level 8 Honours degree in Engineering, Science or cognate discipline.

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 Institutes Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and subject to an interview.

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English.

Please see our website for more details www.wit.ie/englishrequirements

Long 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 Consultants 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.

Semester 1
Low Energy Buildings Systems Design (50% Exam, 50% CA)
Energy modelling for nZEB Design (100% CA)
Mechanical Services Systems (50% Exam, 50% CA)

Semester 2
Electrical Generation Technology (50% Exam, 50% CA)
Building Energy Performance & Analysis (100% CA)
Energy Modelling for HVAC Systems & Controls (100% CA)


Why Choose This Course

The Certificate in 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).

Career Opportunities

Graduates form 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. Graduates 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 or BIM Practitioners.
Graduates could also progress to the MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering.
Graduates from this programme will be equipped with knowledge and skills to supplement their existing areas of expertise


Timetable Info

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Delivery Notes

“Part-time Mode: Students will be required to attend WIT for 16 days during the year on 8 occasions of 2 days duration (typically all day Thursday and Friday)
This year due to COVID-19 restrictions there 2 blocks delivered online in a blended learning format.


To view the schedule for the 20/21 academic year please click into the following link:
https://www.wit.ie/courses/certificate-in-nzeb-design

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Springboard Team

Email

springboard@wit.ie

RPL Information

https://www.wit.ie/images/uploads/Education_School_PDF/WIT_RP6_Springboard_RPL_Form.docx

Application Procedures

To apply for a place on the PG Certificate in nZEB Design you must log into www.springboardcourses.ie

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