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 MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) (MSc BP(EED)) programme is a 2.5 year part time programme, delivered over five semesters, which has been designed to enable building design professionals to develop skills in energy efficiency design for new and renovation building projects. The programme is project based and explores a range of new build and renovation design strategies for residential and non-residential building types using a variety of digital modelling and environmental design software applications.
The programme combines online learning assessments with project work and explores a range of design tools required for NZEB design of residential and non-residential building types using a variety of digital modelling and environmental design software applications.
The MSc is a nested programme comprising three elements. The first element is the Postgraduate Certificate aims at up-skilling and refocusing of building design professionals in a range of conceptual analysis tools, centred on energy and thermal performance calculation methodologies, computer modelling and analysis skills, and the application and development of these in a capstone project centred on Nearly Zero Energy Building performance targets.
The second element is the Postgraduate Diploma aims at the further development and application of new build and renovation-focussed technical design skills, and the application of these in more complex NZEB new and renovation design projects.
The third element is the MSc which focusses on a research dissertation project exploring a topic relevant to energy efficiency design and technology, in which students are required to select a research topic, choose and test a research approach, evaluate the results achieved and develop a final dissertation.
The MSc programme graduates students in the role of ‘Energy Efficiency Designer’ as provided for in the EU Energy Performance in Buildings Directive and as such is at the leading edge of low energy design education.
Graduates of the MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) will be uniquely qualified to design and assess the energy performance in new and existing building typologies including multi-unit residential and non-domestic typologies measured against national performance metrics
Graduates may progress to a Level 10 PhD.
Graduates may also enrol on the NSAI-recognised DT775B CPD Diploma in Thermal Bridge Assessment programme to become Register Thermal Modellers.
The MSc programme was developed in response to Forfas research predicting economic growth and employment opportunities in the Green Economy.
It responds to various government policy and legislation and is supported by agencies such as OPW, SEAI, IGBC and RIAI. It is expected that this award will be recognised in public procurement processes.