Thermal bridge modelling is a complex process which demands an understanding of applied building physics principles and an ability to use a variety of inter-related calculation software applications to measure performance in two- and three-dimensional assemblies. Its correct use is central to energy-efficient & healthy sustainable building design and to achieving long term performance of new build and retrofit building solutions
The DT775b CPD Diploma in Thermal Bridge Assessment is a 2 semester part-time multi-disciplinary upskilling programme for architects, engineers, building surveyors and architectural technologists.
The programme is set at Level 9 in the National Framework of Qualifications and aims to provide graduates of building design and construction related programmes with an educational setting in which to develop skills in thermal bridge assessment and an ability to apply principles to construction detailing.
The programme content is focused on thermal bridge modelling which requires an understanding of various thermal performance predictive computer applications. Industry based building designs will be used as the basis for project work to give realistic context for collaborative and multi-disciplinary work.
Graduates of the CPD Diploma in Thermal Bridge Assessment will be equipped with a core selection of thermal modelling tools which are necessary to achieve compliance with the NZEB performance standard. The programme is recognised by NSAI for the purposes of admission to the statutory Register of Thermal Modellers.
Graduates of the CPD Diploma in Thermal Bridge Assessment may enrol on the blended online Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) which is the first part of the three part MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design).
The CPD Diploma in Thermal Bridge Assessment 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.