Module Title:Sustainability & Energy Technology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Projects Practicals Private study
Module Aim: The aim of the module is to develop competence in the evaluation of both traditional and renewable energy use in buildings and to foster an understanding of sustainability issues in the design, construction and operation of buildings.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Complete a Building Energy Rating (BER) using DEAP and SBEM software
LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of building energy related legislation and regulations
LO3 Demonstrate a knowledge of and the ability to evaluate the use of alternative sustainable energy technologies for a building
LO4 Demonstrate a knowledge of energy efficient and sustainable building design
LO5 Demonstrate an understanding of sustainable building principles and issues to be considered by LEED, BREEAM and similar methodologies
LO6 Assess the economics of thermal insulation and fuel costs
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
(a) Overview of energy (b) Energy use in buildings (c) Energy management
Energy Legislation, Policies and Standards
(a) Part L, Building Regulations (b) Energy & emissions legislation, taxes and trading (c) National & international energy policies (d) ISO 50001; ISO 14001; EN 16001
The Energy Efficient Building
(a) Thermal comfort - building occupants and associated operations (b) Impact of building form, thermal mass & orientation on a building's thermal performance (c) Passive and active solar heating & cooling (d) Thermal insulation, thermal bridges & airtightness (e) The economics of optimal thermal performance (f) Passive House Standard (g) Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) (h) Energy Retro Fitting techniques & details
Energy Technology
(a) Renewable energy sources (b) Integration of alternative technologies into building design & construction methods (c) Reduce CO2 emissions
Energy Assessment Procedures (5 hours lectures, 40 hours Practical)
(a) Energy Ratings of Buildings (b) BER (Building energy rating) (c) DEAP (Dwelling energy assessment procedure) (d) NEAP (Non-domestic Energy Assessment Procedure) & use of SBEM (e) EN 16001 Energy Management (f) European Energy Manger/ Certified Energy Manager principles
Sustainable Buildings
(a) Environmental impact of construction materials, management of the construction process & operation of the building (b) Green buildings, carbon reduction management & sustainable materials (c) Recycling water & waste; rainwater harvesting; green/blue roofs & walls (d) Sustainable communities & Code for Sustainable Homes (UK) (e) Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) (f) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
Energy Assessments
(a) Heat loss calculations (b) Fuel consumption determination (c) Fuel source appraisals (d) Calorific fuel values (e) Energy audits
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 n/a
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 2,3,4,5,6 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Total Hours 240.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMFAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Facilities and Building Services Management 5 Mandatory
CW_CMQSU_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying 5 Mandatory
CW_CMBSE_D Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with Buildings Services 5 Mandatory