QQI Level 5 – Sustainability & the Built Environment (Construction Technology) 5M5010
1 year Full-time


This course facilitates the learner in the exploration, comprehension of skills and knowledge relevant to the core principles of sustainability in construction. Learners will explore the scale of the detrimental environmental impact of traditional building and the rationale underpinning the necessity for a more sustainable approach to building as a response to climate change.

Apply using the Horticulture/Ecology Hub when enrolling online.

Learners will become familiar with the design and use of processes which are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle – conception, design, construction, operation and maintenance. Learners will develop an understanding of renewable energy technology, equipment and materials selection, thermal performance, conservation, monitoring and impact on supply needs at a national and micro-generational level.


Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Cert or its equivalent is advised.
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal education.

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Landscape Construction & Maintenance
  • Sustainable Water Management

Core Modules

  • Building Construction
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • thermal-insulation
  • Design Skills
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  • Environmental Studies
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence required to work independently and under supervision in a range of construction industry contexts and or to progress to further and or higher education and training.

Work Placement

There is two weeks’ work experience placement included in this course.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the course will have gained a useful skill set that could lead to employment in a variety of vocational positions.


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