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.
Entry Requirements:The CPD Certificate in NZEB Policy & Technology module is open to the following categories of applicants
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
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 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.
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)
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:
For Further Information
Cormac Allen - Assistant Head of School
Dublin School of Architecture
College of Engineering & Built Environment
Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1
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.
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.