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Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) / Feidhmíocht Foirgnimh (Éifeachtúlacht Fuinnimh i nDearadh) - PG Cert

Course Title: Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design)

The TU412 Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) course is open to the following categories of applicants:

  • Registered Architects
  • 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
  • Chartered Engineers
  • 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.

The TU412 Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) course has been designed to enable building design professionals to develop knowledge and skills that allow them to create high quality, energy efficiency designs of new and renovation building projects that comply with Ireland’s recently revised, very onerous Building Regulations. In so doing it also prepares students for the role of ‘Energy Efficiency Designer’ as provided for in the EU Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD). 

Achieving the NZEB standard requires 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. 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) programme is a 1-year part-time course, delivered over two semesters. The course 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.

Diagram of programme structure

Graduates of the TU412 Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) will be qualified to apply a range of NZEB and building performance design tools to assess the energy performance in new and existing buildings. 

They will be able to research and advise on insulation options assessed as safe in accordance with the best international standards and detail, specify and oversee the installation to ensure performance targets are met. 

Graduates will understand the dynamics of thermal, moisture and air movement through building fabric and understand the need to design the optimal balance of all three to ensure the integrity of any retrofit solution proposed and protect the structural longevity of the building fabric. 

Their skills will be equally applicable to new build work where the principles of building fabric design are significantly more easily accommodated. 

With energy analysis skills building on and enhancing their construction industry experience, graduates will be ideally placed to secure employment in the area of energy renovation of the existing building stock – an emerging and expansive field of construction activity across the European Union, in response to the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. 

MRIAI and RIAI (Arch Tech) graduates will be eligible to apply for RIAI Environmental Accreditation.

RIAI Environmental accreditation logo

The PGCert comprises five modules as follows:

  • NZEB Policy & Technologies
  • Building Energy Modelling Using DEAP or Building Energy Modelling Using PHPP
  • Hygrothermal Risk Assessment for Building Performance
  • Thermal Bridge Calculation for Building Performance
  • Building Performance NZEB Design Project: Residential


The delivery of TU412 Postgraduate Certificate in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) course suits those upskilling, re-skilling & returning to work. 

There are a range of ways in which the schedule and delivery have been structured to suit students who are fully employed professionals. The only fixed dates are webinars on the first four Tuesdays at 8pm, an online exam at 8pm on the second and fourth Thursdays, the workshop at the end of the fifth week and the project submission. Flexibility is provided via (a) the online resources; (b) videoed lectures that can be repeatedly watched (slowed down or sped up); (c) the recording of webinars to allow later watching; (d) the provision of repeat online exams within the same semester; and the Autumn supplemental exams and project submissions. 

Students should plan for a weekly commitment of ~20 hours in most weeks of each module. 

While the course is usually delivered in blended online mode, in academic year 2020-21 it will be delivered fully online.


If you are eligible for fee support under the HEA Springboard+ scheme you should apply directly through Springboard+ (Use search terms 'NZEB' or 'performance'.)

Closing date for Springboard applications is Friday 15th July, 17:00



It is a great course and I do love the way the course is structured, delivered online and tailored towards working professionals

Dympna, Architect.

The quality of the lecturers is superb. Andrew Lundberg is the best I know at his game. Patrick is equally as good technically and immense patience and attention to detail with all the additional resources and examples. If I don’t understand I can simply replay. Overall fantastic

John, Structural engineer.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my years study in TU412 PGCert Building Performance and believe it has made me a more mindful, knowledgeable technologist, using energy efficiency measures to the best of my capability. The workload is heavy and certainly not something to be under-estimated, however upon completion it all seems quite necessary

Aoife, Architectural technologist:

I have already used the knowledge I have acquired on this programme for my professional work. For example, I have prepared a Gas Boiler V Heat Pump LCCA for a client, advised an architect on U-Value calculations for tapered insulation and requested Psi-Value accuracy. In all these cases, I would not have been aware of what to look out for were it not for the knowledge gained on the course.

Ultan, Services engineer:

Congratulations on an excellent course. Never in my life have I found a more useful course to deal with all the issues I come across in my everyday practice. It is brilliant!

John, Architect.

The blended online Postgraduate Certificate sits within the larger TU414 MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design). This includes:

TU Code



Level 9


Postgraduate Certificate


1 year

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

September 2021


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