A number of authoritative sources worldwide state that 70-80 % of building failures are caused by moisture. Despite this the Irish and UK construction industries have not adequately integrated moisture risk assessment into their design and specification processes. A growing number of research projects and evidence from completed buildings show that certain energy-efficiency renovations of solid wall properties and super-low energy new build projects can be particularly vulnerable. It is clear that new thinking and upskilling is required.
The CPD Certificate in Hygrothermal Risk Assessment module sits within the first year of the nested MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) suite of programmes. It is specifically designed to facilitate upskilling of building design professionals who are full-employed and may be based outside of Dublin or abroad. The module is delivered part-time over 6 weeks within an academic semester, in a blended online delivery. Students should allow twenty hours of learning per week in the four teaching weeks and twenty hours for the final project resulting in 100 hours of learning overall. There is a half-day on-site workshop at the conclusion of the fifth week to facilitate feedback on the final project (submitted a week later). This is equivalent to two years of professional CPD learning points.
The module enables learners to explore and critique applied building physics and conventions of hygrothermal calculation and risk evaluation, and their use in creating building fabric performance specifications with low moisture risk. The module engages the learner in the analysis and evaluation of the relevant standards and validated software used in the steady state calculation of hygrothermal risk for a limited group of construction components, and the transient numerical simulation of hygrothermal risk for a wider group of construction components. To facilitate their learning students will be given time-limited licences of Wufi Pro and BuildDesk U.