Practical steps to design an NZEB dwelling

2022 Proposed RIBA Curriculum Topic: Sustainable architecture

From 30th June 2022, new dwellings in Northern Ireland going through the building control process will need to be 40% more energy efficient.  You can view the technical guidance, a pre-recorded explanatory briefing and FAQ’s for Nearly-Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) at the Department of Finance’s website.

To help members comply with the new guidance RSUA has organised this short on-line seminar which will explore a range of practical ways to achieve the required energy performance in dwellings.

This seminar will cover:

  • Insulation
  • Airtightness
  • Thermal bridges
  • Renewables
  • NZEB v Net Zero Carbon
  • Future standards

RSUA will be organising further NZEB training including a session focused on ‘buildings other than dwellings’ which are covered under technical booklet F2.

Speaker info

Alan Ritchie is the current Chair of the Climate Emergency Committee within the RSUA. Alan studied at the Queens University, Belfast and worked in London with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) for four years before joining C60 Architects, as a Director.

While working in London, Alan had the unique position of leading a team as Head Overlay Architect for the Olympic Village in Stratford for LOCOG, which designed temporary infrastructure and overlay for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since joining C60 Alan has been influential in developing the residential sector, while leading the delivery of luxury, private and commercial developments. Alan is a Certified Passive House Designer and develops C60`s environmental and sustainable design policies.

If you have any queries about this seminar, please contact Julia Leaker on or 028 9032 3760.