Certificate in nZEB Design

CertificatenZEB Design (Postgraduate)

Code:
N/A
Delivery:
Springboard
Level:
9
Campus:
Cork Road
Duration:
2 full days per month
Credits:
30 ECTS

The Certificate in NZED Design aims to provide expertise in the design and construction of dwellings and buildings other than dwellings to comply with the NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) 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).

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 Consultant 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.

Modules:

Low Energy Buildings Systems Design
Energy modelling for nZEB Design
Mechanical Services Systems
Electrical Generation Technology
Building Energy Performance & Analysis
Energy Modelling for HVAC Systems & Controls 

Applicants should hold an NFQ Level 8 Honours degree in Engineering, Science or cognate discipline.

Alternatively 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 Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and subject to an interview. Download the WIT Springboard RPL Form here https://www.wit.ie/images/uploads/Education_School_PDF/WIT_RP6_Springboard_RPL_Form.docx

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. 

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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

Course Leader

  • Mr. Mervin Doyle

    BEng (Hons), MPhil, CEng MIEI - Lecturer & Programme Leader MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering

    Email: [email protected]

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