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Residential Energy Retrofit Fabric (L8, 20 ECTS)

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12 Weeks


Built Environment

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



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.

What are the entry requirements?

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)/Special Case Registrations; Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should submit their application online, upload their most relevant qualifications and then email to request RPL consideration

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 minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements


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What modules will I study?

Building Physics and Fabric (10 Credits)

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

Air Tightness (5 credits)

  • Air tightness
  • Thermal comfort and air quality
  • Moisture management
  • Designing air tightness solutions

Building Defects, Detection and Analysis (5 credits)

  • 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

Are there opportunities for further study?

Further study opportunities:

On successful completion of the Special Purpose Award in Residential Energy Retrofit Fabric (Level 8) programme, students may complete the SPA Residential Energy Retrofit Systems and the SPA Residential Energy Retrofit Management to complete a Higher Diploma in Residential Energy Retrofit Management programme (Level 8)

What are the career prospects?

Career opportunities:

Graduates can be employed within residential retrofit “One Stop Shops” or with SME’s providing services within the residential sector and contributing to the target to renovate 500,000 buildings by 2030 in Ireland.

More Information


Tues 7pm to 9pm & Thurs 6.30pm to 8.30pm plus 3 site visits - 12 weeks 

What will the time commitment be?

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.

Information on Assessment/Examinations:

A variety of continuous assessment techniques include:

  • Online quizzes
  • Individual projects
  • Group project with presentation


Certificate in Residential Energy Retrofit Fabric

Application Deadline


Cost; €2,500 (DASBE funding of €833 to sucessful Applicants)

All students will require a laptop. TUS will provide access to all relevant software for upload.

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Flexible Learning Policies and Procedures