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BULD7002 - Building Energy Rating

Title:Building Energy Rating
Long Title:Building Energy Rating
Module Code:BULD7002
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Building Science
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Description: This module takes the student through the building energy rating certification process. The course covers legislation, the underpinning theory of all aspects affectng thermal performance of a building and extensive use of the DEAP (Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure)software.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse the construction, thermal, mechanical and electrical systems characteristics that affect a building's energy demand.
LO2 Compile a data file consisting of all the drawings and calculautions to allow a rigerous external audit of the building energy assessment.
LO3 Assess the impact of cost effective modifications to facilitate the improvement of a building's energy rating.
LO4 Apply industry software in the analysis of a dwelling's energy performance.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
European and Irish legislation covering Building Energy Rating (EPBD 2002/91/EC,EPBD Recast and SI 666 2006)
Heat Transfer Theory
Conduction, convection, infiltration, U-value calculations(homogeneous structures and thermally bridged stuctures)
Heating and ventilation
Domestic heating systems, heating systems controls,renewable heat sources, natural ventilation, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
Domestic Hot water
Hot water generation, hot water controls, solar water heating
Compliance checking with TGDL with referance to minimun acceptable U-values, structural air tightiness, controls, renewable energy contribution, energy performance coefficient and carbon performance coefficient.
Use of DEAP software to calculate building energy ratings and check compliance with TGDL.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Produce a data file for all the DEAP inputs relating to a building's structural details, U-values, air tightness and ventilation.The data file will be of a standard equivalent to that required by BER assessors. Enter all the data into the DEAP sofware 1,2,4 25.0 Week 5
Project Produce a data file for all the DEAP inputs relating to heating systems, hot water systems, control systems and fuel sources. The data file will be of a standard equivalent to that required by BER assessors. Enter all the data into the DEAP sofware 1,2,4 25.0 Week 8
Project Use the DEAP software to evaluate the effect of a range of renewable technologies on a building's energy rating, carbon performance coefficient and energy performance coefficient. 1,3,4 25.0 Week 10
Short Answer Questions Short question format exam covering all aspect of building energy rating theory and DEAP software. 1,3 25.0 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 Building Energy Rating undepinning theory and legislation 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab DEAP software 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study and project work 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
  • 2002, Directive 2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings
  • Dept. of Environment, Community and Local Government 2011, Technical Guidance Document L 2011 - Conservation of Fuel and Energy [ISBN: 978-1-4064-2594-9]
  • SEAI 2012, Dwelling Energy Assessment Proccedure Manual, Version 3.2.1 Ed.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • NSAI 2007, IS EN ISO6946:2007
  • NSAI 2007, IS EN 13370:2007
  • CIBSE 2005, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration [ISBN: 1 903287 58 8]
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 6 Mandatory
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 6 Mandatory
CR_EBSEN_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering 5 Elective
CR_CENVI_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering 5 Elective
CR_EENEN_7 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 1 Elective

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