CPDEB01 - CPD Certificate in NZEB Policy & Technology
Part time & Blended online

Contact

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

Application Form

To apply please submit a Part-time Application Form



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Information Leaflet

FLYER - CPDEB01 CPDCertNZEB P&T

Duration

Part Time – 4 weeks

The module is standalone but can also form part of a larger nested Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design).

Cost

The cost of this programme is €600.

Closing date

Application system is now CLOSED for programme commencing October 2017.

Application Form for programme commencing May 2018 is available above.  Programme will run subject to numbers.

Start date

Commencement 14 May 2018

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 Certificate in NZEB Policy & Technology is a part time module, delivered over a 4 weeks within an academic semester.

It has been designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to NZEB policy and technologies to professionally qualified architects, architectural technologists, engineers and building surveyors. The module comprises online learning assessments based on a range of NZEB design topics and leads to 80 structured CPD learning hours, or two years annual professional CPD learning.

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

Module Content

The module is delivered in blended online mode supported by two workshops.

The CPD Certificate in NZEB Policy and CPD Certificate in NZEB Technology are delivered with a 5 ECTS blended online modules as follows:

Assessment

The programme is delivered in blended online mode and comprises online and college based modules.

Online modules are assessed through computer based assessments.

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.

Entry Requirements

The CPD Certificate in NZEB Policy & Technology module is open to the following categories of applicants 

  1. Registered Architects
  2. Professionally qualified architects who are or have been members of the RIAI, subject to interview.
  3. Registered Architectural Technologists
  4. Professionally qualified Architectural Technologists, subject to the requirements scheduled below.
  5. Registered Building Surveyors
  6. Chartered Engineers
  7. Professionally qualified Engineers, subject to a minimum 2.2 Level 8 qualification plus 2 years minimum relevant accredited professional experience, or equivalent.
  8. Other technical design professionals subject to a minimum 2.2 Level 8 qualification plus 2 years minimum relevant accredited professional experience, or equivalent.

Award

The Dublin Institute of Technology’s award of CPD Certificate in NZEB Policy and CPD Certificate in NZEB Technology will be awarded to participants who successfully pass the examinations and assessments of the module.

Career Opportunities

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 Certificate in NZEB Policy and CPD Certificate in NZEB Technology will have core NZEB knowledge with an understanding of the range of additional knowledge required to provide professional NZEB design services.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the module?

The CPD Certificate module runs on a part-time basis over four weeks.

How does the online mode work?

Students are trained in the use of a variety of online learning applications and tools. All lectures are pre-recorded and uploaded on a dedicated module website. Course material is accessible using handheld devices, making it possible for students to engage interactively and dynamically in learning at any time or place 24/7 subject to broadband coverage.

A formative exercise is issued to all students each week to guide learning. Formative exercises are submitted prior to and form the basis of weekly online webinars which are recorded and available for review.

Students then complete fortnightly online summative assessments which consolidate knowledge as the module progresses.

How frequently do workshop run?

The module is supported by two college workshops. These form a vital part of the blended online learning experience and enable students to meet and build a sense of network and community.

On what days does the module run?

College based workshops take place every four weeks, generally on Fridays.

Webinars takes place each week, generally each Tuesday evening 20.00-21.00 and are accessible remotely.

Online summative assessments take place on a fortnightly basis, generally on Thursday evenings 20.00-21.00 and are accessible remotely.

What is the time commitment required for the module?

The programme requires a weekly commitment of 20 hours per week.

Modules can be taken individually and accumulated over time to achieve the PGCert, PGDip and MSc awards.

How often does the programme run, and when does the next module begin?

The programme runs twice annually commencing in September and January, subject to numbers.

How much does it cost?

For information on part time postgraduate fees please click here.

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