Architecture

Professional Development - Architecture

The Dublin School of Architecture offers the following professional development modules.

APPLY - TU5404 CPD Certificate in NZEB Policy & Technologies

Application Details

  • Closing date for applications: 19 January 2022
  • Orientation takes place: 09 February 2022
  • Teaching commences: 11 February 2022
  • Module fee: €416.66

Module Details

  • TU Code: 5404
  • Level: NFQ Level 9
  • Award: CPD Certificate
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Course type: Postgraduate
  • Mode of Study: Part time
  • Method of Delivery: Online
  • Location: Bolton Street
  • Contact: joseph.little@tudublin.ie 

Overview

The nZEB Policy & Technologies module is presented in two components, the first covering nZEB policy and legislation, the second covering nZEB building technologies. The policy and legislation component is designed to develop an understanding of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD), which have led to the transposition of the Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) performance standard in the Irish statutory and regulatory environment.

It explores European and national policies in building energy efficiency and nZEB, and explores the legal and policy issues necessary for building design professionals to be able to influence the shift to nZEB design and construction for residential and non-residential buildings.

The building technologies component is designed to enable experienced building design professionals to develop an understanding of the emerging technologies used in the nZEB performance standard with a focus on the use of materials and installations suitable for the design of building solutions in nZEB dwelling design and retrofit.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Advise on key EU policies and legislative frameworks that underpin mandatory requirements for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) across Europe.
  • Advise on changes to key Irish legislation and the Building Regulations due to transposition of nZEB Standard in Ireland, and resulting requirements for compliance with Part-L of the Building Regulations for both residential and non-residential buildings.
  • Appraise energy use in the Irish residential buildings, and advise on appropriate energy efficiency design strategies to achieve nZEB in residential new build and retrofit.
  • Appraise energy use in Irish non-residential buildings and use typologies, and advise on appropriate energy efficiency design strategies to achieve nZEB in new build and retrofit.
  • Appraise alternative & renewable energy systems so as to advise on energy strategies to achieve nZEB.

Minimum entry requirements

  • 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

Progression

This module sits within and leads into a larger Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design).

What our students say:

"Personally, I found the course very useful, the content was all the most current and Patrick was engaging through the whole process. The course gave me an opportunity to learn relevant information succinctly, without the commitment of a longer term course, which was perfectly packaged for my needs." Michelle (architect): 

''It is a great course and I do love the way the course is structured, delivered online and tailored towards working professionals.'' Dympna (architect): 

APPLY - TU5408 CPD Certificate in Hygrothermal Risk Assessment

Application Details

  • Closing date for applications: 08 December 2021
  • Orientation takes place: 05 January 2022
  • Teaching commences: 07 January 2022
  • Module fee: €600

Module Details

  • TU Code: 5408
  • Level: NFQ Level 9
  • Award: CPD Certificate
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Course type: Postgraduate
  • Mode of Study: Part time
  • Method of Delivery: Online
  • Location: Bolton Street
  • Contact: joseph.little@tudublin.ie

Overview

The Hygrothermal Risk Assessment for Building Performance module enables learners to explore and critique the applied building physics and conventions of hygrothermal calculation and risk evaluation, and their use in creating high quality building fabric performance specifications.

It 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 all construction components.

The module enables the learner to differentiate and appraise underlying building physics principles and calculation conventions to specify building construction assemblies which satisfy hygrothermal performance requirements and to conclude when specialist guidance is needed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Calculate and critique certain hygrothermal risks in a residential building using appropriate steady state software applications.
  • Simulate and critique hygrothermal risks in a residential building using appropriate transient numerical software applications.
  • Appraise the ways a detailed knowledge of hygrothermal material characteristics, boundary conditions and features of a transient numerical software application can support parametric moisture risk assessment.
  • Appraise and evaluate applied building physics principles and the main conventions used for hygrothermal risk assessment to support the creation of high quality building fabric performance specifications.
  • Advise a client what constitutes nZEB construction with a low moisture risk and determine when the complexity of assessment requires specialist input.

Minimum entry requirements

  • 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

Progression

This module sits within and leads into a larger Postgraduate CertificatePostgraduate Diploma and MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design).

APPLY - TU5409 CPD Certificate in Energy Modelling using PHPP

Application Details

  • Closing date for applications: October 2022
  • Orientation takes place: November 2022
  • Teaching commences: November 2022
  • Module fee: €840
  • Note: Module commencement is subject to applicant numbers. If the module does not run in April, it will run in November, also subject to applicant numbers.  

Module Details

  • TU Code: 5409
  • Level: NFQ Level 9
  • Award: CPD Certificate
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Course type: Postgraduate
  • Mode of Study: Part time
  • Method of Delivery: Online
  • Location: Bolton Street
  • Contact: joseph.little@tudublin.ie 

Overview

The Energy Modelling Tools using PHPP module is designed to enable experienced building design professionals to develop and apply an understanding of the international Passive House Planning Pack (PHPP) modelling and design software to determine the building performance of existing and new buildings, whether residential or nonresidential, in temperate climatic zones such as Ireland or the UK.

The module requires the application of calculation theories and methodologies and energy modelling protocols to meet the Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) performance standard. It develops skills in the application of advanced tools in modelling and designing buildings and explores techniques for upgrading geometry, fabric and services installations to achieve the nZEB design performance standard, using the internationally recognised Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy performance design tool.

It employs project-based learning techniques to explore, propose and determine case-specific building, fabric and energy systems solutions that deliver energy performance comparable with the nZEB performance standard through the application of the PHPP design tool.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Appraise the Passive House Standard and PHPP as an energy analysis tool.
  • Critically apply the PHPP tool in the energy analysis of the geometry and fabric of a conventional Irish building with typical forms and construction.
  • Critically apply the PHPP tool in the selection of building services and plant for the provision of heating, cooling and hot water in an Irish building of typical construction.
  • Apply the PHPP design tool at a professional level to optimise the design of a building to Passive House Standard.

Minimum entry requirements

  • 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

Progression

This module sits within and leads into a larger Postgraduate CertificatePostgraduate Diploma and MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design).

APPLY - CPD Certificate in Thermal Bridge Calculation

Application Details

  • Closing date for applications: 02 February 2022
  • Orientation takes place: 16 February 2022
  • Teaching commences: 18 February 2022
  • Module fee: €840

Module Details

  • TU Code: 5410
  • Level: NFQ Level 9
  • Award: CPD Certificate
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Course type: Postgraduate
  • Mode of Study: Part time
  • Method of Delivery: Online
  • Location: Bolton Street
  • Contact: joseph.little@tudublin.ie 

Overview

The Thermal Bridge Calculation for Building Performance module provides learners with an introduction to the applied building physics and conventions of critical surface temperature calculation (fRsi), and their use in creating high quality building performance designs to the Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) standard as transposed in Part L of the Building Regulations.

The focus of the module is on the application of this theoretical knowledge, through the use of numerical analysis software, to quantify 2D linear thermal transmittance values and surface temperature factors.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Apply relevant applied building physics, and standards and conventions for calculation of linear thermal transmittance values and surface temperature factors as per the requirements of the Irish Building Regulations.
  • Use appropriate validated software to quantify linear thermal transmittance values and surface temperature factors associated with junctions of the thermal envelope of a building in accordance with standards and conventions as per the requirements of the Irish Building Regulations.
  • Critically assess building junction designs of new-build and retrofit residential buildings to mitigate risks and optimise building fabric thermal performance.
  • Advise a client what constitutes nZEB construction with thermal risk and determine when the complexity of assessment requires specialist input.

Minimum entry requirements

  • 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

Progression

This module sits within and leads into a larger Postgraduate CertificatePostgraduate Diploma and MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design).

APPLY - CPD Certificate in Professionalism & Planning

Application Details

  • Closing date for applications: 30 June 2022
  • Teaching commences: September2022
  • Module fee: €380

Module Details

  • TU Code: ARCH6101
  • Level: NFQ Level 9
  • Award: CPD Certificate
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Course type: Postgraduate
  • Mode of Study: Part time
  • Method of Delivery: Blended Online
  • Location: Bolton Street
  • Contact: emma.geoghegan@tudublin.ie 

Overview

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate competence and ability to act with integrity, in the ethical and professional manner as is appropriate to the role of architect. The candidate will have the skills required to undertake effective communication and presentation, organisation, self-management and independent working. They will have a clear understanding of the architect’s obligation to society and the profession, as well as sufficient awareness of the limits of their competence and professional experience to ensure they are unlikely to bring the profession into disrepute.

The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate understanding of the planning context within which an architect must operate, as well as the processes undertaken to ensure compliance with planning requirements and standards. They will have the skills necessary to positively interact with statutory and private bodies or individuals.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Prepare a fee bid
  • Describe contemporary issues relevant to the practice of architecture in Ireland
  • Recognise through personal reflection the requirement to act ethically within the RIAI Code of Conduct
  • Evaluate personal performance against good practice - CPD
  • Explain the importance of collaborative practice in the field of architecture.
  • Describe the hierarchy of planning legislation in Ireland as it applies to architecture
  • Evaluate the effects of Planning & Development & Heritage legislation on the realization of architecture.
  • Comprehend a critical awareness of the global, societal and legislative context of sustainable design

Minimum entry requirements

  • Level 8 professional qualification in a built environment discipline with minimum 2 years experience in professional practice.

Progression

This module is delivered within and as part of the TU411 Professional Diploma in Architectural Practice which is limited to architectural graduates only.

APPLY - CPD Certificate in Professionalism & Planning

Application Details

  • Closing date for applications: 30 June 2022
  • Teaching commences: September2022
  • Module fee: €380

Module Details

  • TU Code: ARCH6102
  • Level: NFQ Level 9
  • Award: CPD Certificate
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Course type: Postgraduate
  • Mode of Study: Part time
  • Method of Delivery: Blended Online
  • Location: Bolton Street
  • Contact: emma.geoghegan@tudublin.ie 

Overview

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate understanding of the range of services offered by architects and delivering those services in a manner prioritising the interests of the client and other stakeholders. The candidate will have the skills necessary to provide a competent service, both singly and as part of a team, including understanding of client needs, appropriate communication, programming, coordination and competent delivery. This will be supported by a knowledge of the Irish building control system, the obligations placed on an architect when acting in the statutory role of Assigned Certifier under the Building Control Act.

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate understanding of Irish construction procurement processes, and the roles of built environment professionals. The candidate will have the skills necessary to plan project-related tasks, coordinate and engage in design team interaction, execute effective contract communication and resolve construction-related challenges and disputes. This will be supported by an understanding of contractual relationships, the obligations upon an architect acting as contract administrator, job-related administrative systems and the management of projects in the context of the candidate's professional experience.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Appraise the effects of Building Control legislation on the realization of architecture
  • Outline the legislative context of fire safety design and building control certification
  • Characterise the societal and non-core legislative context as it relates to architecture
  • Predict the effects of Safety Health & Welfare legislation on the realisation of architecture
  • Evaluate the effect of different procurement processes on programme, risk, cost and quality
  • Outline the different procurement methods in the public and private sectors
  • Create collaborative strategies in construction and provisions for team working
  • Describe tendering methods, codes, procedures and project planning

Minimum entry requirements

  • Level 8 professional qualification in a built environment discipline with minimum 2 years experience in professional practice.

Progression

This module is delivered within and as part of the  which is limited to architectural graduates only.

APPLY - CPD Certificate in Management of Design and Management of Construction

Application Details

  • Closing date for applications: 30 June 2022
  • Teaching commences: September2022
  • Module fee: €380

Module Details

  • TU Code: ARCH6103
  • Level: NFQ Level 9
  • Award: CPD Certificate
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Course type: Postgraduate
  • Mode of Study: Part time
  • Method of Delivery: Blended Online
  • Location: Bolton Street
  • Contact: emma.geoghegan@tudublin.ie 

Overview

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate understanding of the business priorities, required management processes and risks of running an architectural practice, and the relationship between the practice of architecture and the Irish construction industry. They will have the skills necessary to engage in business administration and ability to resource, plan, implement and record project tasks to achieve stated goals, either individually or within a team. This will be supported by knowledge of the office systems, administration procedures and the relevant legislation as well as understanding of the briefing process, forms and terms of appointment, the means of professional remuneration, relevant legislation, and the execution of appropriate programmed and coordinated project tasks.

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate understanding of the legal context, Irish construction and contract law, within which an architect must operate. They will have the skills necessary to plan project-related tasks, coordinate and engage in design team interaction, execute effective contract communication and resolve construction-related challenges and disputes. This will be supported by an understanding of contractual relationships, the obligations upon an architect acting as contract administrator, job-related administrative systems and the management of projects in the context of the candidate's professional experience.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the role of marketing, fee calculation, bidding and negotiation in architectural practice
  • Examine the principles of team management and employment related legislation
  • Apply the principles of finance, business planning, funding and taxation to architectural practice
  • Characterise the principles of practice administration, quality management and QA systems
  • Describe the different types of practice structure and their legal underpinnings and style
  • Examine the legislative context governing the use of building contracts
  • Compare and contrast public and private contracts
  • Evaluate the background and purpose of the contract clauses
  • Conclude the duties and obligations placed upon architects when appointed contract administrator
  • Identify effective and appropriate dispute resolution actions and any applicable legislation

Minimum entry requirements

  • Level 8 professional qualification in a built environment discipline with minimum 2 years experience in professional practice.

Progression

This module is delivered within and as part of the  which is limited to architectural graduates only.