Training Courses

Training courses are delivered on a range of topics related to energy systems performance appraisal. These support Continuing Professional Development, and enable practitionersor to refine their energy systems appraisal skills through the effective application of modelling tools. Both traditional classroom style and on-line video courses are available. The former usually take place at the University but can also be organised at the trainees' workplace. Most courses can be booked online, where course location and fee information can be found. Courses are planned as indicated below (use the booking link to the online shop) or are scheduled in esponse to demand (send an email to register interest). Where appropriate, please bring a laptop and course staff will assist with the installation of the related program.

Introduction to dynamic energy systems modelling and simulation using ESP-r. Learn about techniques to assess multi-variate performance quicker, better and cheaper than conventional design approaches. [More] Not scheduled
Advanced energy system modelling and simulation using ESP-r. Select from a range of application topics, which are delivered in response to demand. [More] Not scheduled
Introduction to demand/supply matching and the sizing of hybrid renewable energy systems using Merit. Learn about approaches to the design of low carbon communities based on hybrid technology solutions. [More] Not scheduled
Modelling of internal and external natural and artificial light distribution using Radiance. Learn how to produce high-resolution images and quantify surface luminance and illuminance distribution to support glare avoidance and smart lighting control respectively. [More] Not scheduled
Housing stock energy modelling for upgrade options appraisal using HUE. The approach supports policy formation at community, local authority or national stock levels. [More] Not scheduled
Certified European Passive House Designer course - a two week course leading to Passivhaus Institut accreditation. [More] Not scheduled
Heat transfer modelling for thermal bridge analysis and the determination of PSI values for input to building modelling software; uses THERM. [More] Not scheduled
UK domestic compliance assessment and Energy Performance Certificate production using SAP. [More] Not scheduled
Biomass boiler system design with the focus on component sizing and system performance analysis. Delivered via online video modules and assessments. [More] Book
Definition and delivery of energy-related services based on the automated analysis of monitored data using EnTrak. [More] Not scheduled
The deployment of pervasive sensing for the rapid quantification of energy and environmental problems within buildings using the BuildAX wireless sensor technology. [More] Not scheduled

Introduction to dynamic energy systems modelling using ESP-r

Typically, a 1-day course covering the following topics.

  • Planning and creating models, undertaking simulations, results analysis.
  • Increasing model resolution, introducing control, air flow networks, advanced features.
  • Modelling natural ventilation, lighting, plant systems and renewable energy components.

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Advanced topics in dynamic energy system modelling using ESP-r

Typically a 3-day course covering topics selected from the following .

  • Flow networks representing mechanical and natural ventilation; flow component control, integrated CFD.
  • Indoor air quality, contaminant tracking, concentration-based control.
  • Photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind turbines, electrical networks.
  • Control of lighting, window blinds, HVAC components and occupant behaviour.
  • Transitioning from idealised representations of plant and systems to component-based models.
  • Model quality assurance, QA report generation, model calibration and validation.
  • Use in practice: model creation, results analysis, management procedures.

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Introduction to demand/supply matching using Merit

To successfully install low carbon energy systems within a building or a community, appropriate technology types and capacities must be selected. Merit quantifies the match between supply and demand in order to support decisions on the suitability of different supply mixes for particular cases. The following topics are covered.

  • Specifying weather and demand/supply profiles.
  • Matching thermal/electrical demand from mixed supply systems.
  • Imposing demand management.
  • Sizing hybrid systems.
  • Low carbon community action planning.

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Introduction to housing stock energy upgrad option appraisal using HUE

HUE is based on dynamic simulation, which provides realistic insight into building stock performance and allows new technologies or legislative concepts to be readily incorporated. The user provides simple inputs to characterise the fabric and system parameters of an estate, and then carries out what-if type comparisons of available upgrade options. The course covers the theoretical basis of HUE and allows participants to undertake their own upgrade options comparisons.

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Certified European Passive House Designer course


Passive House Standards have been adopted for many building types and a wide range of Passive House Standard products are available. This course provides training for practitioners already experienced in energy-optimised design. On passing the exam, attendees are registered by the Passive House Institute allowing them to use associated materials to market their services. The course covers the following topics.

  • Heat-insulating building shells, summer comfort.
  • Construction heat bridges and thermography.
  • Air-tightness, blower door testing, ventilation.
  • Profitability and loan calculation.
  • Passive House Planning Package (PHPP).
  • Tendering and awarding contracts.
  • Construction supervision and quality assurance.

A course discount is available for RIAS/RIBA/CIBSE members. For other sources of funding, please visit Sust or the Low Carbon Skills Fund.

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Determination of thermal bridging PSI values using THERM

This 1-day course covers the use of THERM, a tool to calculate two-dimensional heat transfer developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, USA. The course follows recommendations set out in 'BRE 497, Conventions for calculating linear thermal transmittance and temperature factors'. No previous knowledge of the program is required.

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Using the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for UK domestic building compliance assessment production of EPCs

SAP is the UK government’s method of enabling domestic buildings to be assessed for compliance with Building Standards and the issuing of EPCs. This 2-day course covers definitions, calculations and outputs of SAP. Day 1 covers Building Standards and the parameters required to describe dwelling geometry and construction. Day 2 covers heating, hot water and ventilation systems.

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Biomass boiler system design - on-line course

See a short introductory video on the use of the Carbon Trust Biomass Boiler System Sizing Tool, and access the tool and manual.

The Biomass Boiler System Sizing Tool was developed on behalf of the Carbon Trust, in collaboration with the Campbell Palmer Partnership. The course covers the process of describing various building types that make up the heat demand, and the sizing process that optimises the boiler, thermal store, and fuel storage sizes. The course includes self-assessment exercises.

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EnTrak e-services design and delivery platform

This course covers the use of the EnTrak system to establish a data capture schema that can then be subjected to processing rules to define an energy-related service addressing issues such as environmental conditions monitoring, energy performance rating and remote control. EnTrak is compatible with the BuildAX hardware for wireless data collection.

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BuildAX wireless sensor monitoring hardware deployment and data capture

This course provides training in the deployment of wireless pervasive sensors throughout a building as a means to monitor performance, raise alerts and support facilities management. Data logging and recovery is also covered as required, for example, by EnTrak to launch an e-service.

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Radiance visual impact and lighting studies

This course covers the use of Radiance to produce high resolution images of complex scenes with inter-reflections and under various sky conditions and artificial lighting regimes. The ability to capture quantitative information for lighting and blind control use within ESP-r is also covered.

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