Certificate in Near Zero Energy Buildings (September 2021 )

Limerick Institute of Technology (SB21-NZEB-L6-20)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Near Zero Energy Buildings (Special Purpose Award, Level 6, 20 Credits)

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

20

Department

Department of the Built Environment

General Information
Contact

Brigid Della Pace

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Phone

+353 61 293055

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in LIT request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Important Dates
Application Deadline

15/08/2021

Start Date

29/09/2021

End Date

11/05/2022

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 online with a total of 2 weekend sessions for site visits and design tutorials.

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.

1.Current CV *must be up to date
Proof of nationality ie. passport
Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month (see below)

2. Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) / Special Case Registrations: Prospective participants who do not meet the educational qualification entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should notify the Flexible Learning Office and request consideration under RPL. Please submit your application online here and then email Springboard@lit.ie requesting consideration under LIT’s RPL policy. Please state your unique Springboard reference number, name and chosen course.

3. ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements. We do not require proof of IELTS however, each applicant must ensure that their English is to above standard and they will be able to participate without any language barrier.

4. EXAMS: There will be no final examination but the programme is assessed using formal academic procedures. Assessment will be carried out through a combination of Case Studies, Online Exams and engagement in online activities
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5. FEES: (Level 6) The overall fee for this programme is €1,700. This programme is 100% Springboard funded for ALL successful applicants.

LIT Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures are available through below link. Please copy & Paste into your browser:
https://lit.ie/en-ie/study-at-lit/course-information/flexible-learning-professional-courses/policies-and-procedures

This course will be Springboard funded for 21-22 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.


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 online with a total of 2 weekend sessions for site visits and design tutorials.

Course Modules:
Module 1: Passive Solar and Sustainable Building Design
Module 2: Air Tightness and Ventilation
Module 3: Small Scale Renewable Energy Systems
Module 4: NZEB Project

Assessment
There will be no final examination but the programme is assessed using formal academic procedures. Assessment will be carried out through a combination of Case Studies, Online Exams and engagement in online activities

What will the time commitment be?
Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

Timetable Info

Commencing on ***TBC***2021 and concluding on ***TBC***2022. Content will be delivered online with a total of 2 Saturday sessions for site visits and design tutorials arranged in advance during the delivery period.

Delivery Location

Online and LIT Thurles for 2 Saturday sessions arranged in advance during the delivery period.

Delivery Notes

Blended

The programme will be delivered online with a total of 2 Saturday sessions for site visits and design tutorials arranged in advance during the delivery period.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Brigid Della Pace

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in LIT request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***


Phone

+353 61 293055

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with LIT's RPL Policy.

Application Procedures

Apply online here at www.springboardcourses.ie. Once you submit your application you will receive an automated acknowledgement email with a unique reference application number. Please quote this reference number when contacting Springboard LIT.

To complete the application process you must upload the following supporting documents:

1. Current CV *must be up to date
2. Proof of existing level X educational qualification or equivalent
3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month (see below)

Please note that places are LIMITED and only COMPLETE applications can be assessed by the Programme Team. Please apply online here for your programme and ensure ALL Supporting Documents are uploaded to your application. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. LIT will not pursue applicants for missing documents.

EMPLOYED APPLICANTS: ONE of the following: A recent payslip / most recent P60 / revenue documentation letter from employer confirming this (amounts may be redacted from financial documents) / letter/email from employer / proof from company website etc. Dated within the last month.

UNEMPLOYED APPLICANTS: Proof of social welfare: Written confirmation from the Department of Employment Social Protection (DEASP) that you are a Social Welfare recipient at the commencement of the course. Name of payment. Receipt from Post Office may suffice. Dated within the last month.

RETURNERS: If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarized affidavit confirming this. Download here and have completed by Peace Commissioner (no charge) or Commissioner of Oaths.

FORMERLY SELF-EMPLOYED: Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient.

EXAMS: There will be no final examination but the programme is assessed using formal academic procedures. Assessment will be carried out through a combination of Case Studies, Online Exams and engagement in online activities.

FEES: (Level 6) The overall fee for this programme is €1,700. This programme is 100% Springboard funded for ALL successful applicants.

LIT Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures are available through below link. Please copy & Paste into your browser:
https://lit.ie/en-ie/study-at-lit/course-information/flexible-learning-professional-courses/policies-and-procedures

This course will be Springboard funded for 21-22 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.