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: €240

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: 06 April 2022
  • Orientation takes place: 20 April 2022
  • Teaching commences: 22 April 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).