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NZEB - Design Tools - Nearly Zero Energy Building

Qualification Awarded: The Dublin Institute of Technology?s award of CPD Diploma in NZEB Design Tools will be awarded to participants who successfully pass the examinations and assessments of the programme.

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 CPD Diploma in NZEB Design Tools programme is a 1 semester part time programme, delivered over a 15 week semester, which has been designed to enable professionally qualified architects, architectural technologists, engineers and building surveyors to develop core skills in NZEB design. The programme combines online learning assessments with project work and explores a range of NZEB design topics.

The CPD Diploma sits within and leads into a larger blended online Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design)

Entry requirements

The CPD Diploma in NZEB Design Tools 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.

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 CPD Diploma in NZEB Design Tools will be qualified to apply core NZEB knowledge to assess the energy performance in new and existing buildings.

Duration

1 Semester - Part Time (15 weeks)

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator

Cormac Allen - Assistant Head of School
Dublin School of Architecture
College of Engineering & Built Environment
Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1
E: cormac.allen@dit.ie

Subjects taught

Programme Content

The programme is comprises three modules, all delivered in blended online mode supported by workshops every four weeks.

The CPD Diploma in NZEB Design Tools is delivered through a series of three 5 ECTS blended online modules as follows:
•ENER1xx1 NZEB Policy & Technologies
ENEN 9102 NZEB Calculation & Cost Optimality
•ENEN 9103 Energy Modelling Tools #1 (DEAP)

Comment

Location: College attendance is based in the Dublin School of Architecture, College of Engineering and Built Environment, Linenhall, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1 Online activities are cloud-based with attendance from the learners workplace or home combined with college based workshops every four weeks.

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 30th April 2019. Please note that late applications may be accepted subject to availability.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date:
Commencement September 2019. The programme will run subject to numbers.

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