Training courses are delivered in collaboration with the BRE Academy on a range of topical issues related to energy systems and the environment, and enable practitioners to refine their energy systems appraisal skills through the effective application of modelling tools. They are designed to support Continuing Professional Development, and both traditional classroom style and on-line video courses are available. The former take place at the University or other locations, and 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) or are scheduled in response to demand.A. Building Physics and Systems Design
A 2-day course to introduce the student to dynamic energy systems modelling, covering the basics of weather, construction and material data review and management, planning and creating models, undertaking simulation, results analysis. Considerations of solar shading, modelling simple controls, airflow and ventilation, quality assurance will all be covered during the course.
A 1-day course (following on from the 2-day introductory course, covering topics selected from the following .
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.
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.
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 who wish to develop skills in energy-optimised design. On passing the Passivhaus Institut exam, attendees are registered as a Passive House Designer or Consultant, allowing them to use associated materials to market their services. More information on the learning targets available here.
The course will be delivered as a series of on-line distance learning modules, and one week of classroom training in various locations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.