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Springboard+ funding for DT9771 Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance


Wednesday, June 12, 2019


9 September 2019


Dublin School of Architecture TU Dublin - City Campus, Bolton Street / Linenhall, Dublin 1


Please see https://springboardcourses.ie/details/7230

Event Information

Application Deadline 20 June 2019
Start Date 9 September 2019
End Date 12 June 2020

DT9771 Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) has been approved for Springboard+ funding. This provides a 90% discount on the normal €2,500 programme fee for eligible applicants. Please visit the course page on the Springboard+ website to find out more about the programme and to make your application.

There are only 40 places so we advise you apply as soon as possible. The Programme Team will use a ranking system where greater numbers apply: see programme page on Dublin School of Architecture website for information on ranking system.

Course Description
As of January 2019 all non-residential buildings in Ireland must be built to the super-low energy 'Nearly Zero Energy Building' standard (nZEB), as transposed in Part-L. This is a huge jump as conservation of energy standards were last revised for non-residential buildings in 2005. A jump of similar magnitude will shortly take place for the new category of dwellings undergoing major renovation and a smaller jump for new dwellings. The design implications for such changes go far beyond simple increases in individual specifications: they require greater knowledge, new skills in using evaluative tools and an earlier and more integrated and collaborative technical design engagement. Ensuring the theoretical performance is delivered in the completed building is increasingly central to the process, while changes to building control in Ireland bring additional weight to certification of compliance.

The nZEB Standard requires industry upskilling on an unprecedented scale across the EU. Based on our experience developing upskilling programmes over the past seven years, it is clear to the building performance team in the Dublin School of Architecture that the extent of the knowledge gap within the disciplines of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector is, as yet, unappreciated. Recognising the scale of this emerging upskilling challenge we have developed new skills and teaching methods to deliver a range of programmes in science-based building performance. This new suite of programmes commenced in September 2017.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) programme is a 1-year part-time programme, delivered over two semesters, which has been designed to enable building design professionals to develop skills in energy efficiency design as the basis for new and renovation building projects. Through the use of a range of conceptual analysis tools, centred on energy and thermal performance calculation methodologies, computer modelling and analysis skills culminating in project assignments, the student has the ability to upskill and refocus their approach to building design and specification.

In Semester 1 the modules are: nZEB Policy & Technologies; nZEB Calculation & Cost Optimality; and Energy Modelling Tools #1 (DEAP). In Semester 1 the mdoules are: Energy Modelling Tools #2 (PHPP); Hygrothermal Risk Assessment for Building Performance; and Thermal Bridge Calculation for Building Performance.

The Postgraduate Certificate has been designed to facilitate the upskilling of fully-employed building design professionals. For this reason it is delivered primarily online with periodic on-site workshops. There is a full suite of online learning resources, (including website, videoed lectures, multiple choice exams, live webinars, social media etc.).

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