Part-time, Evening, Blended, On-line Programmes

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


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 on-line with a total of 2 weekend sessions for site visits and design tutorials.

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.


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


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, On-Line Exams and engagement in on-line activities.


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

How to Apply

Applicants must apply for this programme on the Springboard Website, using the following link:
This programme is part supported by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


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