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.
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.