Introduction to Specification & Design of NZEB Buildings


1-day course

CPD Credit: 3.5 hours, C1 / C2

Course Aim

This course aims to educate the construction industry in the requirements of deep renovating homes in Ireland. It will cover all elements of upgrading the building fabric of an Irish building. It will cover wall, floor and roof upgrades, required regulations, ventilation, air-tightness, interstitial condensation.

Course Overview


In Partnership with Tipperary Energy Agency

Course Format

This blended learning programme consists of:

  1. Online modules to be taken in advance of -
  2. An expert-led half-day Q&A session.


Learning Objectives

  • Enable attendees to be in a position to recommend upgrades to Irish homes while taking into account all the required regulations, thermal, moisture, space and cost regulations and constraints.
  • Allow attendees to identify the types of construction and how best to approach the upgrade. 
  • In addition, ventilation and internal air quality are of primary concern in Irish buildings which will be a focus of one element of the course, providing mechanisms to assess and design upgrades to home air tightness and ventilation to improve health and reduce energy costs.

This course does not cover heating systems. We recommend the course Specification and Design of Heating Systems with Heat Pumps.

Online Modules

In advance of attending the live interactive Online Classroom, attendees will complete the online modules and undertake the quiz following each module.

  • Module 1: Introduction and the current retrofit challenge in Ireland 
  • Module 2: Legislation & building regulations: Overview
  • Module 3: Building Physics How energy is used in and flows through buildings
  • Module 4: Identification, sources, and solutions for each element upgrade
  • Module 5: Airtightness & Ventilation: Moisture Movement
  • Module 6: Key Junctions and Thermal Bridging

Trainer's Profile

Siona Daly, Tipperary Energy Agency

Siona Daly is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. Her main areas of expertise are in Local Authority and Public Sector Energy Management, Energy Services Business Development and Operational Management of the Non-Residential team. Siona has extensive experience in energy engineering in projects related to HVAC, Automation, Building Management Systems, Mechanical Services Projects, Lighting projects and Energy Performance Contracting in North America and Ireland. Siona is also a Registered Energy Auditor with SEAI.

About Tipperary Energy Agency

A social enterprise, Tipperary Energy Agency has been successfully supporting Tipperary to reduce its energy demand for over 20 years. Tipperary Energy Agency is a non-profit company limited by guarantee with no share capital. The agency was established as a social enterprise, i.e., an enterprise that was established to deliver a specific societal service rather than exist to make a profit. The agency has a proven ability in enabling people, communities, and the public sector to become more sustainable in their energy use.

Their mission is to lead the delivery of sustainable energy solutions in Tipperary and beyond, by advocating, educating, and innovating on climate action.


  • Garret Hickey, Cork City Council: “Overall I found the course quite beneficial and I enjoyed it.”
  • James Ryan, Irish Water: “Excellent content and a lot of information provided for a single course. Found the content excellent and practical.”
  • Ross Somers, Walsh Goodfellow: “Very informative. The speaker had a great understanding of the material and topic”
  • “Very good course and relevant”
  • “Excellent course delivery from tutor”
  • “Absolutely excellent course with great opportunity for questions and answers and excellent pre-course material. All round really superb course extremely well presented. I would strongly recommend this course to all engineers irrespective of discipline as it is the future and essential knowledge for all.”

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Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email