Thermal modellers provide input into the design and development of low energy buildings. The role involves using software to assess summertime overheating assessments, natural ventilation airflow modelling, comfort analysis, ensuring building compliance and creating energy and performance certificates. The role involves working as part of the building team and understanding and interpreting the brief from the clients with regard to the building services. The role may also involve taking low carbon and energy assessments on current buildings and providing energy statements for local authorities as part of planning applications.
UK Entry Requirements
As a minimum employers are looking for those with HNC in relevant qualification, such as in construction, architectural technology or building service engineering and relevant experience. For those with an interest in getting in this work, courses exist such as Level 5 Professional Certificate in Thermal Modelling. For young people, this subject can be studied within a Building Services Engineering degree or studied after a relevant degree in construction, civil engineering or architecture and undertaken as an masters course such as an MSc Low Carbon Building Design and Modelling.
Irish Entry Requirements
Entry requirements in Ireland are more stringent. The requirement for entry on the NSAI register of thermal modellers in Ireland is a level 8 degree in a construction related profession followed by the passing of an examination in Thermal Modelling at NQF level 9. For more information, consider contacting the Dublin Institute of Technology