Course Fee

€100 (VAT exempt)

Discounted ticket to €85 for members of IGBC and PHAI

Discounted ticket to €50 for students


Target Participants

Architects and Architectural Technologists, Building Energy Assessors, Engineers, Building Surveyors, Local Authority staff, contractors and developers.




26th April

2pm – 6pm

Architectural Factory – CIT

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6th June

9am – 1pm

Irish Green Building Council Office, 19 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1

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Learning Credits

3.5 CPD points









Module 1

nZEB requirements for Domestic and Non-Domestic Buildings.

Overview of the nearly Zero Energy Building Standard and what this entails for both domestic and non-domestic buildings:

  • Irish and European Legislative background
  • Building Fabric Heat Loss (insulation, thermal bridging, windows and airtightness)
  • Building Services (mechanical ventilation and domestic hot water)
  • Renewable Energy Production
  • Energy Performance Coefficient (EPC) and Carbon Performance Coefficient (CPC)
  • Energy performance calculations and design modelling: DEAP & NEAP

Module 2

Overview of the Passive House Standard: using an established standard as a route to nZEB.

  • Passive House standard: history, certification criteria and energy balance
  • Ensuring comfort through Passive House (whole-year even temperatures, warm winter surfaces, no summer overheating, draft-free)
  • Ensuring healthy interior (mould free, condensation free, high indoor air quality, low noise pollution)
  • Quality of construction detailing, execution and commissioning
  • Primary energy thresholds, including renewable energy technology
  • Energy performance calculations using PHPP and key differences to the DEAP.

Module 3

Case study of fast-track affordable social housing built to dual certification according to nZEB and Passive House:

  • Semi-detached dwelling project overview (envelope, mechanical systems, renewable energy systems)
  • The ‘Seven Steps to nZEB’
  • Cost optimisation – delivering superior quality at cost parity
  • Overlap and divergence of nZEB and Passive House.



Upcoming courses will be held in the Southern, Eastern and Northern Regions.