The AECB are delighted to be in collaboration with TUDublin to offer you a professional level academic CPD course on Energy Modelling Tools using PHPP. The course is a module from TUDublin's very successful MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design) programme.
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 non-residential, 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).
The course is designed to enable experienced building design professionals to develop and apply an understanding of the PHPP.
The delivery and approach to assessment suits fully-employed building design professionals seeking certified upskilling.
You will need to have proficiency in the use of the PHPP tool, and the software installed. A link to buy the PHPP software can be found towards the bottom of this webpage. It will also be necessary to have a proficiency in the use of CAD or BIM.
We have listed the following as criteria for application:
- Registered Architects/ Architectural Technologists/Building Surveyors or Chartered Engineers;
- Other technical design professionals subject to a minimum (Irish) 2.2 Level 8 or (UK) Honours 2.2 level 6 qualification plus 2 years minimum relevant accredited professional experience, or equivalent;
- Certified Passive House Designers or those who have experience designing Passive Certified House plus 3 years minimum relevant industry experience/accredited professional experience, or equivalent;
- Those who have completed the PHT Bitesize PHPP course or the AECB CLR CarbonLite Retrofit course plus 3 years minimum relevant industry experience/accredited professional experience, or equivalent.
The course 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. On Completion of this course you 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.
• This is a professional online learning programme, delivered using cloud-based online technologies;
• All students are trained in the use of online technologies and tools as part of their induction to the programme;
• The programme is part time, designed to allow one to work professionally alongside studying, with course material and webinars (which are recorded to enable repeat viewing) taking place weekly in the evenings and an afternoon workshop for project submissions;
• The programme runs for 6 weeks commencing on Friday 30th April and culminating on 11th June 2021;
• The programme allows for both summative and formative feedback and culminates in a project based submission.
- Recorded online expert lectures;
- Interactive online webinars;
- On-line supportive community of learners and engagement with fellow learners;
- Self-directed learning during and outside contact hours;
- Project-based formative exercises exploring the application of the international Passive House energy performance metric to a real-world project demanding the application of energy measurement protocols to ISO and German DIN standards, cross-disciplinary design and assessment of components, assemblies and systems and the evaluation of associated construction complexity;
- Summative on-line assessment of the application of software tools and standards-based methodologies to critical assessment, auditing and adjustment of a pre-defined building with non-compliant performance to achieve a defined performance target.
Assignment 1 = Online Assessment (35% weighting)
Assignment 2 = Online Assessment (35% weighting)
Assignment 3 = Project (30% weighting)
Graduates of the CPD Certificate in Energy Modelling PHPP module will be equipped with a comprehensive insight into the challenges involved in achieving the PHPP performance standard. They will:
- Accumulated ~100 hours of CPD;
- Attain 10 UK Credits/ 5 EU ECTs( Masters level);
- Acquire credits towards PHI Certification.
Graduates of the CPD Certificate in Energy Modelling PHPP module will be eligible for progression to 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). Graduates can progress to each stage of the programme on a modular basis.
Graduates may also enrol on the NSAI-recognised DT775B CPD Diploma in Thermal Bridge Assessment programme to become Register Thermal Modellers.
Building Regulations Part L:
Anon, Department of Housing Planning, Community and Local Government, 2011. Building Regulations 2011, Technical Guidance Documents The Stationary Office.
Österreichisches Institut für (Editor) various contributors, August 21, 2009, “Details for Passive Houses: A Catalogue of Ecologically Rated Constructions (German and English Edition)”, Springer Wein New York
Cotterell, Janet and Dadeby, Adam, “The Passivehaus Handbook”, 2012, Green Books, Devon, TQ9 6EN, UK, ISBN 978 0 85784 019 6
Passive House Institute, “desighPH” (educational version) software and manual available from http://www.designph.org/
WHO, 2006 “Air Quality Guidelines. Global update 2005”. World Health Organization
U Value calc conventions and standards
Anderson B, Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE), 2006, BR 443: 2006 Conventions for U-Value Calculations 2006 Edition, Watford: BRE Press
Linear Thermal Bridging conventions and standards
Ward T, Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE), 2006, IP 1/06: 2006 Assessing the effects of thermal bridging at junctions and around openings, Watford:BRE Press.
Ward, T and Sanders, C, 2016. Conventions for calculating linear thermal transmittance and temperature factors, BR497. Watford: IHS BRE Press.
ISO 10211: 2007, Thermal bridges in building construction – Heat flows and surface temperatures – Detailed calculations.
ISO 13370: 2007, Thermal performance of buildings – Heat transfer via the ground- Calculation methods.
Buy the PHPP software from the AECBThe Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is a design tool produced by the Passivhaus Institut for use by building architects and designers
AECB PHribbon – Software to help with PHPP calculationsAECB PHribbon makes using PHPP quicker, easier and it uses the existing information beyond just energy.
Earn Passivhaus Institut (PHI) credit points on successful completion of course