Programme Overview

Programme Overview

The aim of this programme is to create an understanding of the building techniques, requirements, building regulations and best practice standards for new and retrofitting low energy building projects. This will be combined with the assessment of key building components (insulation, ventilation, heating, etc.) and a “System Thinking” approach to energy efficiency in buildings.


Programme Objectives

By the end of the training, delegates will be provided with the skills and knowledge to –

  • List and describe the key policy and legislative drivers, relevant to construction workers, behind the move to low energy buildings;
  • Explain the key energy terms and units associated with low energy buildings;
  • List and describe the key principles of low energy techniques for new build and renovation works, including insulation, air-tightness, ventilation etc.;
  • Identify best practice relevant to low energy/ near-zero energy construction methods and details;
  • Communicate the need to engage with other crafts to meet specific design demands;
  • Describe the challenges of low energy quality building projects and how to apply specific solutions.

Course Outline

The Foundation Energy Skills course is aimed at building construction workers, from operative to craft levels. Modules will include:

Module 1: Energy and Buildings – Energy use in buildings, key terms, overview of climate change and EU energy policy

Module 2: Energy Principles – Heat transfer, λ, R and U-values

Module 3: Building Fabric 1 – Air tightness and insulation

Module 4: Building Fabric 2 – Thermal bridging and best practice

Module 5: Heating & Ventilation – Heating, ventilation and condensation

Module 6: Systems Thinking – Buildings as a system, the importance of communication

Prerequisites to Attend 

Delegates must:

Hold a National Craft Certificate in a construction trade or equivalent (e.g. Senior Trades, Advanced Craft City & Guilds)


A letter from an employer (past or present) on headed business paper as evidence of experience as a building construction worker. In the case of self-employment, two letters from clients as evidence of employment as a building construction worker


A copy of Safe Pass (current or expired)


NFQ Level 6 Single Subject Certificate (5 ECTS Credits)



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