Training Courses

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
A1: Review of principles register interest
A2: Low energy housing register interest
A3: Thermal and visual comfort register interest
A4: Building regulations update register interest
A5: Environmental impact assessment register interest
A6 Introduction to building performance modelling. Learn about techniques to assess multi-variate performance quicker, better and cheaper than conventional design approaches. register interest
A7: Hybrid energy systems register interest
A8: Demand management and smart grids register interest
B. Energy
B1: Renewable energy technologies register interest
B2: Energy policy update register interest
B3: Urban low carbon energy systems register interest
B4: Housing upgrade assessment register interest
B5: Biomass heating systems register interest
B6: Low cost monitoring register interest
C. Building Information Modelling
C1: Fundamentals register interest
C2: Compliance requirements register interest
D. Future cities
D1: Resilience register interest
D2: Information connectivity register interest
D3: Information services register interest
E. Programs training
E1: SAP - UK domestic compliance assessment and Energy Performance Certificate production register interest
E2: SBEM - non-domestic legislation compliance register interest
E3: BREEAM - environmental performance rating register interest
E4: PHPP - Passive House evaluation register interest
E5: ESP-r dynamic energy systems modelling and simulation - introduction and advanced courses. register interest
E6: Radiance - Modelling of internal and external natural and artificial light distribution. Produce high-resolution images and quantify surface luminance and illuminance distribution to support glare avoidance and smart lighting control respectively. register interest
E7: Merit - Introduction to demand/supply matching and the sizing of hybrid renewable energy systems Learn about approaches to the design of low carbon communities based on hybrid technology solutions. register interest
E8: EnTrak / Buildax - definition and delivery of energy-related 'e-services' delivery based on the automated analysis of monitored data. register interest
E9: HUE - Housing stock energy modelling for upgrade options appraisal. The approach supports policy formation at community, local authority or national stock levels. register interest
E10: PEPA - non-domestic building stock upgrade appraisal register interest
E11: POET - housing upgrade quality assurance register interest
E12: BioMH - biomass heating system decision support tool. Focus on component sizing and system performance analysis. Delivered via online video modules and assessments. Book
E13: Heat transfer modelling for thermal bridge analysis and the determination of PSI values for input to building modelling software; uses THERM. register interest
F. User accreditation
F1: BREEAM user certification register interest
F2: Certified European Passive House Designer course - a one week course leading to Passivhaus Institut accreditation. Book
F3: ESP-r user certification register interest
F4: The deployment of pervasive sensing for the rapid quantification of energy and environmental problems within buildings using the BuildAX wireless sensor technology. register interest

Introduction to dynamic energy systems modelling using ESP-r

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.

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Advanced topics in dynamic energy system modelling using ESP-r

A 1-day course (following on from the 2-day introductory course, covering topics selected from the following .

  • Flow networks representing mechanical and natural ventilation; flow component control, integrated CFD.
  • Control of lighting, window blinds, HVAC components and occupant behaviour.
  • Transitioning from idealised representations of plant and systems to component-based models.
  • Use in practice: model creation, results analysis, quality assurance, 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 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.

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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