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MECH8026 - Building Energy Compliance

Title:Building Energy Compliance
Long Title:Non Domestic Building Energy R
Module Code:MECH8026
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: Paul OSullivan
Module Description: This module examines different processes involved in the energy performance rating of non-domestic buildings. Students are guided through the requirements of non-domestic BERs based on the current EU and Irish legislation. Students will also examine internationally recognised energy performance rating systems and construct energy models using relevant software packages to evaluate compliance with these systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse and evaluate appropriate legislation to determine compliance requirements for non-domestic nearly zero energy buildings.
LO2 Utilise industry standard software to Explain the fundamental principles for the calculation procedures used to generate asset ratings.
LO3 Evaluate industry standard certification systems and apply appropriate software to check compliance
LO4 Critically review energy modelling outputs and investigate the limitations imposed by the modelling and simulation process.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
National & European legislative environment, EPBD Recast, Cost Optimal Framework, NZEB definitions, SI 666 and accompanying Technical Guidance Document (Part L)
Energy Performance Techniques
Overview of energy performance techniques applicable to building technology and energy systems, comparison of different international approaches, study of benchmarks for building industry (Passivhaus, Part L, code for sustainable homes, Active House)
NEAP methodology, Part L structure, collation of data for analysis, utilise SBEM software to assess compliance and energy performance. evaluation of results, analyse software calculation mechanisms and structure
Rating system structure, Passivhaus theory and technology, analysis of main pillars of energy performance using PHPP (heating & cooling load data, climate data, ventilation performance), completion of basic energy modelling using PHPP, software inputs & outputs, evaluation of results.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Critical evaluation of a chosen topic surrounding building energy performance and legislative frameworks 1,2 20.0 Week 5
Project assess building compliance and energy performance using SBEM 2,4 40.0 Week 9
Project assess building compliance and energy performance using PHPP 3,4 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Course content 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab SBEM and PHPP software 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study & assessments 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • DCLG 2010, SBEM Technical Manual, V3.5.a Ed., SEAI Ireland
  • DCLG 2010, SBEM User Guide ROI, 3.5.b Ed., SEAI Ireland
  • 2013, Passive House Planning Package User Guide, version 8 Ed., PassivHaus Dramstadt
Supplementary Book Resources
  • BRE 2007, SBEM for Non-domestic Buildings, BRE UK [ISBN: 1-86081-957-5]
  • Report on Development of Cost Optimal Calculations and gap analysis for buildings in ireland under directive 2010/31/EU on EPBD Recast, Section 2 - Non Residential Ed., DECLG (AECOM) Ireland
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBENS_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Energy Systems 7 Elective
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 7 Elective

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