This course is aimed at ALL building design and consulting professionals, including Architects and Engineers, Contractors and Builders.
9 half-day ‘live’ webinar modules led by Tomás O’Leary, from 9.00am (sharp) to 1.00pm on the dates below, followed by 3 days-equivalent e-learning that you’ll complete in your own time and at your own pace.
The following format is used for this on-line course:
The overall course fee is €1,800 (VAT exempt) payable in three equal parts and includes the following:
We recognise that ‘cashflow is king’ in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, so we’ve split the total fee of €1,800 into three equal payments as listed below:
To secure your place on the course and pay the initial registration fee of €600, please click the link below. This will bring you to the webinar platform that we are using for this training.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.
If you’d like to send us an enquiry, please email Edel directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Edel Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm on 086 602 0637.
On successfully passing the exam, set by Passive House Institute, participants will receive the internationally recognised accreditation of Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant, joining a rapidly expanding global community.
This course is also accredited by the RIAI and is worth 45 CPD points.
Our Certified Passive House Designer course has just been updated to incorporate all you need to know about meeting NZEB, the ‘nearly zero energy building’ standard. The programme now includes the best-of-both, namely the scientific foundation that is Passive House and the legislative requirements of NZEB. You'll leave this programme not just knowing what is required for NZEB, but also how to deliver it in the most cost effective manner and taking great comfort in knowing that your project will deliver first time.
Come and join us, and draw on our experience of working in this field for 15 years.
The nearly zero energy building standard, or NZEB for short, became mandatory in Ireland in 2019 (1st January for non-domestic projects, 1st November for residential). NZEB will require a 33% improvement in the energy efficiency of domestic construction. Whilst NZEB was first signalled in 2010, the construction sector in Ireland is largely ill-prepared. This course will put you in pole position to deliver cost effective NZEB and will cover the aspects of construction most impacted including ventilation, thermal bridging, airtightness and lots more.
There are three key ‘shocks’ in store for NZEB first-timers. These include (1) low U-values (for example 0.11 W/m2K in the roof and 0.13 W/m2K in the walls), (2) triple-glazed windows and doors and (3) whole house mechanical ventilation systems (for projects that achieve the super-easy target of 3 m3/hour.m2). So, say farewell to skinny cavity walls, double glazing and hole-in-wall ventilation!
Exploration of these three challenges forms the backbone of this training programme.
Passive House, first developed in 1992, has been delivering beyond-NZEB for almost 3 decades, involving triple-glazing and heat-recovery ventilation as standard. This will surprise you, but Passive House typically requires less insulation than NZEB. How can this be, you might ask? Well, it's all down to airtightness.
Passive House has always required super-tight buildings (approximately 0.6 m3/hr.m2) to protect the envelope, eliminate draughts and maximise efficiency of heat recovery ventilation. The airtightness levels required for NZEB, on the other hand, are less-onerous. But here's the trick - if you meet the Passive House levels of airtightness, you'll be rewarded in NZEB with reduced levels of insulation.
So, if you tighten up on air-sealing, you can ease back on insulation levels and reduce envelope costs. Clever application of tape is way-cheaper than low-U-value walls. Completion of this course will teach you all you need to know to deliver super-tight projects.
There's great comfort in using a tried, tested and verified delivery method for NZEB (in other words, Passive House). The Passive House was first delivered in Ireland in 2004 by our Director Tomás O'Leary who's been happy living there ever since. An in-depth monitoring study of this prototype home and of several other affordable homes by UCD has proven that it delivers both on energy efficiency and comfort, with zero performance gap. Our other Director Art McCormack followed suit more recently and commenced a step-by-step Passive House retrofit for his home in 2015 and has also experienced at first hand the incredible comforts delivered by the Passive approach.
Tomás is the lead instructor on this programme and he looks forward to sharing his trials and tribulations with you.
MosArt has delivered two Certified Passive House residential schemes since 2017, in Wexford and Dublin, both completed at cost parity and both performing exceptionally well. And in 2018, we designed Ireland's first commercial office buildings which meet both Passive House and higher than A1 standard. Coupled with this is our extensive experience with different construction systems and project types, including certifying in 2017 the world's tallest Passive House project, a 26 story apartment block in Manhattan. We are also very active on several (deep retrofits) multi-family projects in Dublin, reducing space heating demand by over 90%.