Title of Position: Programme Executive – Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) and High Performance Retrofit
Tenure 5-year fixed term contract
Hours : 37 hrs per week
THE ROLE PROFILE
This position will play a key role in the Research & Technology Department. You will join a growing and dynamic team developing methodologies, calculations and guidance for the requirements set out in energy performance of buildings EU directives. As Programme Executive you will support the implementation of the Nearly-Zero Energy Building and high performance retrofit standards, satisfying implementation of Energy Performance in Building Directive, Energy Efficiency Directive, Renewable Energy Directive, and related policy and regulations.
Key Functions of the role of Programme Executive – NZEB and High-Performance Retrofit
The key responsibilities of the Programme Executive – NZEB and High-Performance Retrofit will include but are not limited to the following:
• Support the development of changes in the calculation methodology and guidance documentation for the Domestic Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP), Nondomestic Energy Assessment Procedure (NEAP) and Display Energy Certificate.
• Lead in researching and updating the processes, methodologies and tools supporting implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in the areas of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) and high-performance retrofits.
• Analyse data on buildings, services and technologies using tools such as Excel and PowerBI to inform policy and methodology development.
• Work closely in consultation and collaboration with Programme Executives, Programme Managers and Heads of Department across the organisation.
• Analyse technical queries on the use of methodologies and calculations for the energy performance of buildings, review technology scenarios and designs, and write responses.
• Support implementation of standards (e.g. EPB), and regulations (e.g. Part L or the Irish Building Regulations)
• Play a key role in the operation of Change Management Processes to ensure a successful implementation of projects.
• Engage with external stakeholders to identify and document regulatory, policy and technology drivers and demands for methodology updates.
• Work with the Programme Manager, external consultants and other SEAI Programmes to develop solutions for methodology updates.
• Lead and manage the response to policy and sector demands for specialist analysis and development of reports and implementation plans.
• Plan and manage projects, leading and/or taking an active role in execution as required.
• Assist the Programme Manager in ensuring timely delivery of development projects, reviews and responses to stakeholders.
• Focus on improving processes and services in the NZEB Programme and across the organisation.
The functions and responsibilities assigned to this role are based on the current requirements stated above and may be changed from time to time. The candidate appointed to this role requires flexibility to fulfil other responsibilities across the Research & Technology Department and where required other SEAI Departments.
To ensure that activity peaks within the Research & Technology Department are addressed in a proactive manner, it is expected that the candidate appointed to this role will need to be flexible in terms of working hours during these periods.
Key Knowledge and Skills
The knowledge and skills required include but are not limited to the following:
• The role is team-based, and teamwork and cooperation with others are crucial.
• Proven project management and effectiveness in heading up, managing external consultants and demonstrated ability to deliver projects end to end
• A proven proactive approach to achieving results, including managing scope, time, risk assessment, cost and quality
• Excellent management and organisational skills
• Strong numeracy, analytical, problem-solving and interpretive skills with an ability to think strategically and use sound judgement on complex issues
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to represent SEAI in a public forum
• A capacity to build positive working relationship with colleagues and external stakeholders, to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to network effectively
• A flexible approach to problem solving and decision making to ensure the best solution is achieved focusing on the need for greater efficiency and effective delivery
• Commitment to quality and strong attention to detail
• Ability to work on own initiative, multitask, and work effectively to deadlines
• Well-developed IT skills and advanced knowledge of data analysis software (e.g. Excel)
Experience and Personal Qualities Required
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate;
• Fully accredited professional qualification in Building Services, construction-related engineering or a qualification directly relevant to this role
• A minimum of three years’ post qualification work experience in building services design and sizing, including working on complex non-domestic projects
• Proven experience and expertise in energy performance calculations of building fabric, heating, hot water, lighting, renewable and ventilation systems.
• In-depth knowledge of the methodologies for Domestic and Non-Domestic Building Energy Ratings, or equivalent EU Energy Performance Certifications.
• Experience of using modelling software for the energy performance of buildings (e.g. DEAP, iSBEM, Dynamic Thermal Modelling software)
• Experience in developing and reviewing energy use and performance calculations of building services such as those used by the DEAP and NEAP methodology, including complex formulas used by the software.
• Demonstrated ability to understand and follow regulations, standards and research related to the energy performance of buildings (e.g. EPB standards, testing standards for equipment, Ecodesign regulations and guidelines)
• Advanced knowledge of renewable technologies for space heating, hot water and micro-generation and applications to the built environment
• Successful track record in delivering complex technical analyses.
• A working knowledge of Part L of the Irish Building Regulations for both dwellings and buildings other than dwellings and how this is assessed
• Membership of a professional body related to building services or construction at Associate or Chartered level.
• Knowledge of methodologies, standards and software for building energy performance calculations from other countries.
• Research experience in a field related to the energy use of building services
• Experience of ensuring compliance to Part L of the Irish Building Regulations for both dwellings and buildings other than dwellings.
• Knowledge/ Experience of working in the Public Sector.
There may be a requirement for the successful candidate to further develop specialist knowledge and expertise relevant to the role. Training will be encouraged (formal and informal) and supported where required.