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Residential Energy Retrofit Fabric (Certificate, L8, 20 ECTS)

  • Status: Register Your Interest

  • Campus: Blended

  • weeks: 12

  • Fees: €2,500* See FEES section below for funding options

Course Overview

The aim of the Certificate in Residential Energy Retrofit Fabric programme is to up-skill building professionals to develop knowledge and skills that allow them to design and deliver high quality, energy-efficient retrofits to existing buildings while complying with Ireland’s latest

Building Regulations. This will also place them in a position to contribute to meeting Ireland’s climate action and energy targets in relation to green retrofitting of buildings. It will additionally boost demand for energy efficiency from householders and the public sector – Government and the public – by having a trusted industry professional/standard.

Contact Details

General Queries

Flexible Learning Office


Telephone: (061) 293802

Academic Queries



What are the entry requirements?

An honours degree (level 8) in a cognate (e.g. Engineering, Architecture, Building Services, Construction Management etc.) discipline or approved equivalent qualification


A level 7 qualification in a cognate discipline (e.g. Engineering, Architecture, Building Services, Construction Management etc.,) or approved equivalent qualification, with 1-year relevant work experience.


Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) – Assessment
Please review the academic entry requirements for this programme.
If you do not hold these qualifications but would like your application to be assessed under RPL please select YES on the online application form.
Once you have submitted your online application you will then receive an email acknowledgement with further instructions on RPL.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a score of 5.5 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a score of 6.0 in an IELTS or equivalent exam is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Course Content

  • Building Physics and Fabric

    Credits: 10

    • Modes of heat transfer
    • Thermal Bridging
    • Heat Loss calculations
    • Properties of Insulation Materials
    • Insulation Systems
    • Assessment of Fabric upgrade options
  • Air Tightness

    Credits: 5

    • Air tightness
    • Thermal comfort and air quality
    • Moisture management
    • Designing air tightness solutions
  • Building Defects, Detection and Analysis

    Credits: 5

    • Digital Tools for Identifying Building Defects in Existing Buildings
    • Condition Assessment Reports for Existing Buildings
    • Building Fabric Defects Identification and Analysis for Energy Upgrades
    • Hygrothermal risk evaluation and modelling
    • U-value calculations
    • Maintenance and Repair

More Information

  • Modules are to be delivered over one year in a blended learning format.

  • Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

  • A variety of continuous assessment techniques include:

    • Online quizzes
    • Individual projects
    • Group project with presentation
  • Certificate Residential Energy Retrofit Fabric (L8, 20 ECTS)

  • Cost; €2,500 – Fee Funding TBA

  • Application Deadline: 11 August 2024. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, prioritizing unemployed and returning applicants. Course will be closed once the maximum number of applicants is reached. Courses run subject to viable numbers.