Official NEARLY ZERO ENERGY BUILDING (nZEB) Definition – Ireland
In accordance with Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings (recast), all new dwellings will be nearly zero energy dwellings by 31 December 2020.
Nearly Zero Energy Building means a building that has a very high energy performance, as determined in accordance with Annex I to Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings (recast)(O.J. No. L 153, 18.6.2010, page 13). The nearly zero or very low amount of energy required should be covered to a very significant extent by energy from renewable sources, including energy from renewable sources produced on-site or nearby.
In order to achieve the acceptable primary energy consumption rate for a nearly zero energy dwelling, the calculated energy performance coefficient (EPC) of the dwelling being assessed should be no greater than the Maximum Permitted Energy Performance Coefficient (MPEPC). The MPEPC for a nearly zero energy dwelling is 0.30.
To demonstrate that an acceptable CO2 emission rate has been achieved for a nearly zero energy dwelling, the calculated carbon performance coefficient (CPC) of the dwelling being assessed should be no greater than the Maximum Permitted Carbon Performance Coefficient (MPCPC). The MPCPC for a nearly zero energy dwelling is 0.35.
The “Train-to-NZEB” project aims to provide world-class training on energy efficiency and RES in buildings, based on new training programmes, business plans and up-to-date training equipment for a set of training and consultation centres around Europe.
Its goal is to improve the knowledge and skills in the construction sector and to provide practical trainings, demonstrations and comprehensive consulting services for design and construction of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) supported by RES, based on the Passive House concept.
The training centres (or Building Knowledge Hubs) will form an international network, providing trainings on the curricula developed under the European BUILD UP Skills initiative and by project partners, as well as continuous opportunities for exchange, updating and improving of the existing training programmes. The modern training facilities will enable the conduction of practical exercises in addition to the theoretical programmes already available in the focus countries.
The main tasks of the project include design and equipment of 4 fully active training centres (in Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and the Czech Republic) and 1 pilot centre (in Ukraine); the adaptation of existing and the development of new curricula for training of building professionals; training and certification for a total of 90 trainers, 2,400 construction workers, 480 designers and 720 non-specialists (representatives of public authorities, business managers, NGOs, consumer groups, media, etc.).
All of these, combined with the provision of consulting services based on the “One-stop shop” principle, is expected to increase the interest and capacity for design and construction of NZEBs supported by RES in the focus countries and to stimulate the market demand for such solutions for both new buildings and building renovations.
Train-to-NZEB aims to transfer the knowledge and experience of leading research and training institutions from Germany (Passive House Institute) and Ireland (Passive House Academy and Limerick Institute of Technology) to 5 European countries – Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Ukraine. The consortium is led by Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect (Bulgaria) and includes also the Bulgarian Construction Chamber and BSYS (Bulgaria), the National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development (INCERC), Business Development Group and Pre-University Education Foundation – Future (Romania); SEVEn (Czech Republic), Department of Civil Engineering at Ege University (Turkey), and Municipal Development Institute (Ukraine). In addition, the project team has already started to attract new members in the BKH’s network, with the goal to stimulate knowledge sharing and to continuously improve the training programmes and schemes.
Coordinator of the project:
Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect (Bulgaria)
1, Hristo Smirnenski Blvd, fl . 3
1164 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel.: +359 2| 963 17 14
Fax: +359 2| 963 17 14
Dragomir Tzanev, PhD
Mob.: +359 88| 2 493 110
Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Passive House Academy / MosArt (Ireland)
Passive House Institute (Germany)
National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development (Romania)
Business Development Group (Romania)
Pre-University Education Foundation – Future (Romania)
Bulgarian Construction Chamber
SEVEn (Czech Republic)
Deparment of Civil Engineering at Ege University (Turkey)
Municipal Development Institute (Ukraine)