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Near Zero Energy Buildings (L6, 20 ECTS)

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8 Months


Built Environment

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



The residential sector accounts for 25% of all energy used in Ireland. European Directives require that all new buildings must meet a Near Zero Energy Building standard by 2020 (2018 in the case of public buildings). In addition, changes in building regulations and compliance criteria, continued development of micro generation systems and emerging innovative design solutions require professionals with expertise and knowledge of in this continually evolving area. This programme, will deal with passive solar and sustainable building design, renewable energy systems and air-tightness/ventilation with a particular focus on the residential sector.

The programme is targeted at architects, builders, engineers and others involved in the building sector. Participants will develop an outline design for a new or retrofitted building with the aim of achieving a Near Zero Energy Building.

The programme will be delivered online with a total of 2 weekend sessions for site visits and design tutorials.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum requirements will normally be a pass in six Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics or an equivalent qualification. Equivalence may be demonstrated by an appropriate qualification and significant relevant experience.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements but who are aged 23 and over will be considered for entry on the basis of a written application and if appropriate an interview process.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Module 1: Passive Solar and Sustainable Building Design
Module 2: Air Tightness and Ventilation
Module 3: Small Scale Renewable Energy Systems
Module 4: NZEB Project

Are there opportunities for further study?

BIM with Revit Architecture

BIM with Revit MEP

Construction Project Management

Construction Health & Safety


More Information


Dates TBC. Content will be delivered online with a total of 2 Saturday sessions for site visits and design tutorials arranged in advance during the delivery period.

What will the time commitment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college.  The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


There will be no final examination but the programme is assessed using formal academic procedures. Assessment will be carried out through a combination of Case Studies, Online Exams and engagement in online activities.


Certificate in Near Zero Energy Buildings (Special Purpose Award, Level 6, 20 Credits)

Application Deadline


For queries relating to course content:

Seamus Hoyne


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