Certificate in Conservation, Sustainability & Adaptive Reuse

sustainability courses Ireland
Microcredential / Professional / Short Course
One Semester
Validated by
Part-Time / Blended Learning
Dublin Main Campus
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Course Overview

This one-semester course gives learners a base level of knowledge in a rapidly expanding field.

This programme is designed to introduce and explore the concepts and practices of retrofit, conservation, sustainability, and planning and building control. The programme aims to enable the learner to engage in innovative and creative technical design case studies within these disciplines.

Why study Conservation, Sustainability & Adaptive Reuse at Griffith College?

In today’s climate, there is a continued focus on developing sustainable approaches to working, and the construction industry is not exempt from this. As such, conservation projects are becoming more common, meaning there is an increased need for trained retrofit professionals, whose unique skillsets and expert knowledge can be used to encourage more effective use of the existing built landscape. Not only that but regular changes in legislation relating to the built environment are placing higher demands on professionals within the industry to remain informed of best practices, particularly concerning health and safety. 

The programme is delivered through a mixture of online lectures and on-campus workshops, which take place in the evenings/at weekends to allow for minimal disruption to the working day. Other reasons to consider this course include:

  • Learners will gain advanced knowledge and understanding of how to adhere to Irish legislation and legislative change, including building laws and statutory instruments, building regulations (fire safety and disability access), building control and associated theory, sustainability (including BER auditing) and the Construction Products Directive.
  • Learners have the opportunity to specialise/gain unique skills that can be implemented in a range of innovative, highly advanced and therefore sought-after projects.
  • The course has been developed with input from a wide range of disciplines within the construction sector.
  • Learners will develop transferable skills that may open them up to broader, international job opportunities.
  • The course is managed by Griffith’s long-standing Design Faculty and is delivered by experts from the industry.
  • The combination of a mixture of online and on-campus lectures allows for minimal disruption to the normal working day.
  • Full access to Student Adobe Creative Cloud - All Apps plan, which gives you 20+ cutting-edge creative tools for desktop, mobile, and web

This programme is an embedded special purpose award in the Diploma in Conservation, Sustainability & Adaptive Reuse programme. Graduates of this programme can progress directly to the diploma on completion, or within five years of their graduation. 

Course Highlights

  • Designed to meet the skills required by industry
  • Provides a solid base for those looking to advance their knowledge of Conservation, Sustainability & Adaptive Reuse
  • Develops learner’s understanding of legislation in relation to conservation
  • Flexible study mode to allow minimal disruption to working day
  • Friendly, approachable staff (who are experts in their fields) provide a supportive learning environment

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Part-Time, Blended - September 2024

Course Details

Course Modules

This module develops learners' understanding of conservation as a specialist element and facilitates their incorporation of this concept in their project work as appropriate. The module supports the learner’s capability to make informed choices concerning the most current conservation strategies for specific projects, and understand one’s own limitations and the requirement to engage external specialised knowledge on a project. Learners will also develop the ability to formulate a conservation condition survey and report. 

This module enables the learner to understand sustainability as a necessary element within the built environment and implement this concept in their project work. Learners are introduced to the concept of sustainability and its role in the design, construction and use of the built environment. The concept is further developed to consider the wider context of climate change, energy sources and efficiencies, the circular economy, reduce/reuse/recycle strategies, and environmental ethics. Learners are encouraged to embrace sustainable design within the context of current legislation and regulations.

This module provides learners with an overview of the legal and statutory and associated requirements relevant to the built environment. While Irish law is the main context for the module, many aspects of European law are highlighted and discussed throughout, as relevant to the sector. Thus learners are provided with a comprehensive overview of the important aspects of law that affect building industry businesses in operation in Ireland and the European Union.

Course Contact


This course is scheduled to commence in September 2024 at Griffith College Dublin's Main Campus.

This part-time programme runs two evenings, Tuesday and Thursday, per week from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm and 5 Saturdays from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, over 10 weeks.

Year 2024

Timetables will be made available closer to the course start date.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the programme must meet normal QQI requirements, Level 7 or equivalent, award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The applicants require a background in building design and construction-related programmes.

A CV showing relevant experience within this field is required.

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply directly to Griffith College.


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from the time of application.

Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Part-Time

Total Fee Dublin: € 2396.00

(Inclusive of Tuition Fee EUR2050.00, Academic Administration Fee EUR250.00,  2% Learner Protection Charge ( EUR46.00 ) and EUR50.00 QQI Award fee)

An Academic Administration Fee of €250 is payable each September at the start of term. For students starting in the January/February term, €125 is payable in February, and then €250 will be payable each September from then onwards

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please view our Fees information page to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.