DSM Training and Exams

DesignBuilder DSM has arrived!

We are delighted to announce that DCLG have approved DesignBuilder’s new DSM software for the certification of Level 3, 4 and 5 buildings in England! We expect to be approved in the other UK countries in the near future. Many DesignBuilder users have been waiting a long time for a DesignBuilder version suitable for Level 5 buildings, and we sincerely thank you for your patience. We’ve worked hard to make the new DSM software fully interoperable with our SBEM and EnergyPlus interfaces, meaning that you can simply “flip modes” and use the same base model for all forms of UK compliance modelling, including SBEM, DSM, BREEAM, TM52 etc., as well as for design and detailed analysis.

Licensing

DesignBuilder DSM functionality is available to customers with both Certification and Simulation module licences, or the Energy Assessor Plus package. A cost-effective new package called Energy Assessor DSM has also now been introduced to provide you with more choice on purchasing options. Customers with these licences can use DesignBuilder DSM to certify buildings once they have completed the software training and examination required by DCLG. For new customers, a free 6-week licence will be provided to enable you to complete the training and exam.

DSM training

A 1-day DSM training course must be completed before taking the exam, and we have arranged an extensive DSM training roll-out with CIBSE, Elmhurst and Stroma. The DSM training is a “top-up” course for those who are already familiar with the DesignBuilder UK certification interface, either via previous completion of our SBEM training or via experience using the software to certify UK buildings. The 1-day DesignBuilder UK Certification Introduction training is also available at each location should you need to do that before attending the DSM training. The training dates and locations with links to booking pages are shown in the table below and course details are shown further down this page.

Course Dates Course / Scheme / Region Booking Info
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Note the DSM training must be completed before taking the exam. We expect high demand for the DSM training, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

DSM exam

The National Occupational Standard (NOS) requires Level 5 assessors to pass an exam in their selected DSM software tool before it can be used to certify a building. The exam tests a candidate’s knowledge only on the DSM interface (not Regulations and NDEPC Conventions) and should be straightforward for suitably experienced DesignBuilder SBEM users who have completed the DSM training. The exam dates and locations and links to further information and booking pages are below.

 Exam Dates Scheme/ Region Booking Info
10 January Elmhurst / Midlands (10.00 - 13.00) Info & Booking

We anticipate high demand for the DSM exams, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Accreditation to use DSM software

If you are not already a DSM and/or NOS Level 5 accredited energy assessor you may first need to speak to your accreditation scheme regarding the accreditation process. DesignBuilder’s software training and exam will fulfil the software-related elements for Level 5 accreditation. Only those customers who have passed the exam and are accredited for DSM/Level 5 will be allowed to produce and lodge compliance documentation using the DSM software by their accreditation scheme.

Details on the courses and exams follows.

DesignBuilder for UK Certification Day 1: Introduction

This 1-day DesignBuilder course will teach you how to use DesignBuilder’s UK certification interface to improve your productivity when producing EPCs and Building Regulations compliance documents.

The course is suitable for existing energy assessors familiar with other SBEM or DSM tools but new to DesignBuilder, as well as those looking to enhance existing DesignBuilder skills. It is also suitable for non-accredited assessors producing Building Regulations compliance documents. The course will introduce the fundamentals of the UK certification interface using SBEM. The DesignBuilder SBEM and DSM interfaces are almost identical therefore the Day 1 introduction training using the SBEM interface provides the foundation to attend the Day 2 DSM “top-up” course which focuses only on aspects that are specific to DSM calculations.
The training will include:

  • Introduction to DesignBuilder UK Certification: learn how DesignBuilder can simplify and speed up the modelling process, making you more productive.
  • Model geometry made easy: learn how to import floor plans plus a brief model geometry re-cap with “top tips” to aid efficient workflow.
  • Faster model data input: learn how DesignBuilder’s industry-leading data management system can save you time and reduce the number of errors in your modelling.
  • QA and data-checking your model: learn why many of the accreditation schemes like DesignBuilder, and how using it can reduce audit failures compared to iSBEM and similar tools.

The training is designed to teach you how to use DesignBuilder for UK Certification via the SBEM interface, and is a necessary pre-cursor to the 1-day DSM training for those new to DesignBuilder Certification. It will take you through the process of creating a model from start to finish by first defining the model geometry and then inputting data to produce EPCs and Building Regulations compliance documents.

This course includes free online preparatory training and a free 30-day DesignBuilder education licence that will enable you to practise and consolidate your learning using the material provided on the course. The course and tutorials are part of an integrated training approach, which also includes a comprehensive user training manual and help system, meaning you can quickly learn to use DesignBuilder at minimum cost. The course is open to members of any accreditation scheme and will qualify for 7 hours of CPD.

Book your place on a course or for further information contact us.

DesignBuilder for UK Certification Day 2: DSM

Introduction

The DesignBuilder DSM interface can be used by appropriately qualified and accredited energy assessors to certify Level 3, 4 and 5 buildings in England, and we expect to be approved in the other UK countries in the near future. The DSM training is a 1-day “top-up” course that covers all of the essential information relating to the DesignBuilder UK Certification interface when in “DSM mode”.

DSM training pre-requisites

Prior to attending the DSM training course you must either have previously completed the 1-day DesignBuilder SBEM course (now DesignBuilder UK Certification Day 1: Introduction), or you must have sufficient experience using DesignBuilder to certify UK buildings and be intimately familiar with the DesignBuilder SBEM training manual. Without that foundation you will not have sufficient knowledge to attend the DSM training. If you have not attended the introduction course (DesignBuilder SBEM), but have certified a minimum of 10 buildings using DesignBuilder, and are intimately familiar with the DesignBuilder SBEM training manual, then we will allow you to “self-certify”. Please do not book yourself on the DSM training without this knowledge, as it will be detrimental to you and to the other delegates and trainers.

DSM training course content

During the DSM training you will build on the knowledge gained on the DesignBuilder UK Certification Introduction course (based on the SBEM interface) and cover all of the essential information required to successfully and efficiently produce certification outputs such as EPCs and BRUKL documents. During the training you will model a building from beginning to end, and cover the essential information relating to each aspect of the model at the relevant point in the modelling process. The DSM training course will include:

  • Introduction to the DSM interface and user manual
  • Outline main DSM advantages over SBEM, such as more accurate modelling of geometry, daylighting, PV, solar gain and shading and climate.
  • Key differences between the SBEM and DSM UK compliance interfaces.
  • Learn how to “flip modes” to enable you to generate outputs from the same model using either SBEM, DSM or EnergyPlus for more detailed analysis.
  • Using one model for multiple analysis types, including for example simulations for BREEM credits or generating TM52 outputs for overheating analysis.
  • QA and data-checking, producing and lodging output documents.
  • Questions.

The DSM training is an essential requirement prior to taking the DesignBuilder DSM exam. For new customers i.e. those that do not yet have the licences required to use the DSM interface, a free licence will be provided to enable you to complete the training and exam.

Book your place on a course or for further information contact us.

DesignBuilder DSM Exam

The National Occupational Standard (NOS) for Level 5 assessors requires assessors to pass an exam in their selected DSM software tool before it can be used to certify a building. The DesignBuilder DSM exam tests a candidate’s knowledge only on the DSM interface (not Regulations and NDEPC Conventions) and should be straightforward for suitably experienced DesignBuilder SBEM users who have completed the DSM training.

The open-book exam is 3 hours long and has two parts. The first part involves answering questions on essential information relating to the DesignBuilder DSM interface (covered in the training and DSM user manual), and the second part involves modelling a building with NOS Level 5 features and producing EPC and BRUKL outputs. The training material and DSM manual can be used during all parts of the exam.

On successful completion of the DSM exam, candidates will be provided with a certificate which the assessor can send to their accreditation scheme to demonstrate competence in the DesignBuilder DSM software.

The exam dates and locations and links to further information and booking pages are shown at the top of this page.

Book your exam or for further information contact us.

Further information

For more information on the DSM software, training and exams please contact DesignBuilder sales. For information on accreditation, please contact your accreditation scheme.