Introduction to nZEB & How to Comfortably Achieve it


11th April | 9am – 1pm

Sheldon Park Hotel, 131 Kylemore Road, D12 NCV9 Inchicore View Map


€100 (VAT exempt)

Discounted tickets:
€85 for members of PHAI

Target Participants

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


3.5 CPD Points

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

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.

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.