RIAI Blended Learning on the Use of DEAP to Demonstrate Compliance with TGD Part L

  • Blended Learning CPD Courses
  • Blended Learning
RIAI Member €245 | RIAI Practice: €210
RIAI Digital Chalk and Live Online via Zoom
7 Structured CPD Points

Event Information

The RIAI present an online training course on the use of DEAP 4.2 to demonstrate compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations. The original one day classroom format will now be delivered online through a combination of recorded presentations and workshops and a summary interactive zoom session.

You are invited to email question after completing the online sessions in advance of the Zoom session to tharte@riai.ie. Michael Hanratty, Course Tutor will address these question at the Zoom Meeting.

Course Aim

This online course is aimed specifically at those who have no previous knowledge of the DEAP (Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure) method or software for producing residential BER certificates but who wish to gain a broad understanding of how DEAP works, specifically with regard to achieving compliance with Part L 2011 and TGD Part L 2019 (NZEB).

The course is intended to provide those participating with a basic understanding of how DEAP works. The new cloud-based DEAP 4.2 will be used during the course. DEAP 4.2 includes revised calculation methods for water heating, lighting and renewables.

The course will also show how DEAP can be used as a Part L compliance tool with particular focus on Part L requirements for:

  • Whole dwelling performance (MPEPC / MPCPC targets)
  • Individual minimum performance levels
  • Renewable Technologies (*new requirement for renewable energy ratio of 20%)

The schedule will also feature an introduction to key elements of TGD Part L 2019 (NZEB) including the new requirements for major renovations.

For those wishing to train fully as BER assessors, more extensive training would be required.

Course Tutor

Michael Hanratty, Electrical Engineer BE (Hons), C Dip.AF, IHER Energy Services. 

Michael Hanratty holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Hons), University College Dublin. He is an electronic engineer with 20 years experience in electrical utility industry. He has been an energy consultant with 18 years experience in the building energy field and is a registered BER assessor

He has worked on EU research projects relating to building energy performance since 2006 including the TABULA project (2009 -2012), EPISCOPE (2013-2016), IEE NZEB2021 (2012-2015) and Horizon 2020 ENERFUND (2016-2019).

He is currently Chairman of the Heat Pump Association of Ireland and CEO of BERWOW Limited.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this one day course, participants will:

  • have a basic understanding of the theory underpinning the DEAP BER calculation method
  • be familiar with the DEAP 4.2 application and the DEAP 4.2.1 manual
  • understand the 2011 Part L and TGD Part L 2019 (NZEB) requirements for new & existing dwellings and how these are included in DEAP
  • understand how to use DEAP as a Part L compliance tool

Practical Experience Gained

  • inputting sample dwelling values into DEAP
  • entering renewable technology values into DEAP
  • looking at the options for achieving whole dwelling performance compliance

Course Structure

The programme combines lectures/ presentations and workshop exercises which are split roughly 50:50 in terms of time allocation. An interactive Q&A/discussion session via Zoom will be held on a specific date/time.

There are 5 lectures and 3 workshops presentations. Participants can choose to go through each of these presentations at a time and pace of their own choosing.

For the workshop presentations, PDF handouts will be issued covering each of the 3 workshops. For each workshop, participants should replicate the workshop steps in parallel on the DEAP 4 platform under their newly set up accounts.   

An interactive zoom call lasting two hours approx will be held on a set date by which all participants should have completed all lectures and workshops. The main aim will be to explore a little further on workshop 3 and to deal with any questions that participants will have after completing the online sessions.   

Course Preparation

DEAP 4.2 is a cloud hosted application. It is available at seai.ie. Non-registered BER assessors can also set up accounts to use the application.

To create an account, simply click onto New to MyBER, then enter:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Address Line 1
  • Email

For any subsequent visits, enter email & password and click on login.

How to access Course Material

  • Reserve a place on this course at riai.ie/whats-on/cpd-events.  
  • On receipt of your registration for this course, the RIAI CPD Division will create an account for you on the RIAI Digital Chalk platform. You will receive an email with your login-in details for RIAI Digital Chalk.
  • The course material will be available to view on the RIAI Digital Chalk.
  • Your CPD Certificate will be uploaded onto MyRIAI CPD on completion of the interactive session.

Please Note: The RIAI will charge a €50 administration fee on bookings cancelled more than 5 working days in advance of programme delivery. Cancellations made within 2-5 working days of programme delivery will be charged 75% of the full fee. Cancellations on the day of the programme or on the day before will result in the full amount being charged.