Sustainability & the Built Environment (Level 5)

This one-year QQI level 5 course develops learners understanding of the role sustainability plays in the future of building construction. The course addresses both theory and practice, introducing the learner to the technical aspects of energy systems and other building services. It equips learners with a methodology to consider their impact on the environment and the best fit for different energy technologies within the built environment, whilst considering the economic, social and regulatory environments.

Students gain a familiarity with the environmentally friendly design processes and how to use resources efficiently throughout the lifecycle of a building, from conceptual stage to design and construction to an operational building. In addition, learners will also develop skills in design and architectural drawing.

On successful completion of the course, graduates are able to progress to a range of higher education programmes in the area of engineering, construction management, product design and architectural technology.

  • QQI Certificate in Construction Technology (5M5010) – NFQ Level 5
  • Certification Awarding Body: QQI
  • Award Title: Certificate in Construction Technology
  • Award Code: 5M5010
  • Level: 5 – further education & training

Please note the above course descriptor is subject to change.

A minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.


Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI Level 4 qualifications.

The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be
considered as being equivalent to the Leaving Certificate.

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

  • Building Construction
  • Building Services
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Environmental Studies
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Design Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Disclaimer: The college reserves the right to make any alterations to any programme as might be required. Where there is insufficient enrolment a course may be cancelled.

For information on all relevant higher education links visit , and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions. Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Full-time Courses:

  • TU Dublin B.Sc. (Hons) in Quantity Surveying & Construction Economics – TU837
  • TU Dublin B.Eng. (Hons) in Engineering (General Entry) – TU805 (require LC Maths H4)
  • TU Dublin B.Eng. Technology in Building Engineering – TU703
  • Maynooth University BSc Product Design and Innovation – MH305
  • TU Dublin B. Arch (Hons) in Architecture – TU832 (suitability test, interview & portfolio requirement)
  • TU Dublin BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology – TU831

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