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Building Performance - Energy Efficiency in Design

Introduction

Over the past five years the Dublin School of Architecture has developed a range of upskilling programmes in Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) for building design professionals. NZEB is the energy performance standard required under the European Union Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD). This Directive requires that all new public buildings must meet the NZEB standard from the end of 2018 onwards, and ALL new buildings from the end of 2020 onwards. The Directive also provides for the deep renovation of existing buildings to the NZEB standard beyond 2020. Achieving the NZEB standard will require a culture change at all levels in the building industry, from procurement, to design, construction, use and maintenance of the building over its life cycle.

This will require industry upskilling on an unprecedented scale across the EU. From our experience in developing upskilling programmes over the past five years it is clear that the extent of the knowledge gap within the disciplines of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector is as yet neither appreciated or acknowledged. Recognising the scale of this emerging upskilling challenge the lecturing team in the DIT School of Architecture has developed new skills and teaching methods over the past five years and has prepared a range of new programmes in science based building performance.

Programme outline

The MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) (MSc BP(EED)) programme is a 2.5 year part time programme, delivered over five semesters, which has been designed to enable professionally qualified architects, architectural technologists, engineers and building surveyors to develop skills in energy efficiency design for new and renovation building projects. The programme is project based and explores a range of new build and renovation design strategies for residential and non-residential building types using a variety of digital modelling and environmental design software applications.

The MSc is a nested programme comprising three elements

Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design)

Postgraduate Diploma in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design)

MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design)

The third element is the MSc which focusses on a research dissertation project exploring a topic relevant to energy efficiency design and technology.

In final stage of the programme, students are required to select a research topic, choose and test a research approach, evaluate the results achieved and develop a final dissertation. This will be an original piece of work exploring a topic relevant to energy retrofit technology, through a combination of applied research based on and further developing a specific aspect of a preceding energy retrofit technology design project, supported by a 7000-10000 word written dissertation.

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

1.Engage in high level research in the area of building performance and energy efficiency design and deep renovation technology.

2.Provide specialist professional technical services at the forefront of the building performance and energy efficiency design and deep renovation field of learning.

3.Provide leadership and engage creatively in a collaborative multi-disciplinary research and design environment.

4.Apply relevant principles of building physics and mathematical calculation in the development of technically robust energy efficient design and deep renovation research and design propositions within their discipline.

5.Make critical judgements based on scientific principles within a changing and ill-defined technological context, with an ability to analyse and measure novel and emerging technological propositions against building performance and energy efficiency design data and metrics.

6.Record and present project case studies and design proposals using appropriate professional and academic report writing conventions.

Entry requirements

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

Registered Architects
Professionally qualified architects who are or have been members of the RIAI, subject to interview.

Registered Architectural Technologists
Professionally qualified Architectural Technologists, subject to the requirements scheduled below.

Registered Building Surveyors
Chartered Engineers

Professionally qualified Engineers, subject to a minimum 2.2 Level 8 qualification plus 2 years minimum relevant accredited professional experience, or equivalent.

Other technical design professionals subject to a minimum 2.2 Level 8 qualification plus 2 years minimum relevant accredited professional experience, or equivalent.

Applicants may be required to demonstrate ability in architectural technical drawing and building fabric design.

Duration

Part Time - 2.5 Years / 5 Semesters

The programme can be completed over a longer period as a series of modules which combine to form a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma and ultimately an MSc.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

For building design professionals such as architects, architectural technologists, engineers and building surveyors, an understanding of NZEB will be critical to professional survival. The NZEB standard will apply to all new public building from the end of 2018 and to all buildings by 2020. The need for NZEB upskilling is clear.

Graduates of the MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) will be uniquely qualified to research and assess the energy performance in new and existing building typologies including multi-unit residential and non-domestic typologies measured against national performance metrics.

They will be able to research and advise on insulation options assessed as safe in accordance with the best international standards and detail, specify and oversee the installation to ensure performance targets are met.

Graduates will understand the dynamics of thermal, moisture and air movement through building fabric and design the optimal balance of all three to ensure the integrity of any retrofit solution proposed and protect the structural longevity of the building fabric.

In short they will be leaders in the field of retrofit assessment and design. Their skills will be equally applicable to new build work where the principles of building fabric design are significantly more easily accommodated.

With energy analysis skills building on and enhancing their construction industry experience, graduates will be ideally placed to secure employment in the area of energy renovation of the existing building stock – an emerging and expansive field of construction activity across the European Union, in response to the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

MRIAI and RIAI (Arch Tech) graduates will be eligible to apply for RIAI Sustainability Accreditation.

Further enquiries

For Further Information
Programme co-ordinator
Joseph Little - Assistant Head of School
Dublin School of Architecture
College of Engineering & Built Environment
Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1
E: joseph.little@dit.ie

Subjects taught

Programme Content

The programme is delivered through a series of modules, some in blended online mode supported by workshops every four weeks, some in traditional part time college-based mode.

Semester 1 of the PGCert is delivered through a series of three 5 ECTS blended online modules as follows:
•ENER1xx1 NZEB Policy & Technologies

•ENER1xx2 NZEB Calculation 7 Cost Optimality
•ENER1xx3 Energy Modelling Tools #1 (DEAP)

These modules can combine to form a CPD Diploma in NZEB Tools.

Semester 2 of the PGCert is delivered through a further series of three 5 ECTS blended online modules as follows:

•ENER1xx4 Energy Modelling Tools #2 (PHPP)
•ENER1xx5 Hygrothermal Risk Assessment for Building Performance
•ENER1xx6 Thermal Bridge Calculation for Building Performance

Semester 3 of the PGDip is delivered through a combination of 5 ECTS blended online and10 ECTS traditional part time college-based project modules as follows:

•ENER2xx1 Building Environmental Assessment Methods
•ENER2xx2 Building Performance NZEB Design Project: Multi-Unit Residential

Semester 4 of the PGDip is also delivered through a combination of 5 ECTS blended online and 10 ECTS traditional part time college-based project modules as follows:

•ENER2xx3 Energy Modelling Tools #3 (Dynamic Simulation / NEAP)
•ENER2xx4 Building Performance NZEB Design Project: Office

Semester 5 of the MSc is delivered through two 5 ECTS research modules and a 20 ECTS Building Performance Research Dissertation and Project modules as follows:

•ARCH9001 Research Methods
•ARCH9007 Research Studies
•ARCH3180 Building Performance (EED) Research Project and Dissertation

Comment

Qualification Awarded: The Dublin Institute of Technology's major award of MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) will be awarded to participants who successfully pass the examinations and assessments of the programme.

Location: Dublin School of Architecture, College of Engineering and Built Environment, Linenhall, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1

Assessment method

The programme is delivered in blended online mode and comprises online and college based modules.

Online modules are assessed through a range of computer based assessments while college-based project modules are assessed through a range of techniques including project work, group work, assignments, and presentations.

Application date

Closing Date: The general closing date is 27th April 2018. Please note that late applications may be accepted subject to availability.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018

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