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Diploma in Retrofit, Conservation and Sustainability

Diploma in Retrofit, Conservation and Sustainability

Overview

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​Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.

The Diploma in Retrofit, Conservation and Sustainability addresses the increased awareness amongst practitioners in the design, architecture, conservation and indeed the wider built environment community of a need for environmental sustainability. The programme introduces simple immediate measures that can be adopted by conservators to reduce the environmental impact of their practice. 

The learner will be introduced to environmental sustainability policies as a guideline and will be shown how these measures are presented in the form of benchmarks to introduce steps that can be followed to achieve best practice.

This unique skill set will allow learners to innovatively and creatively redesign and reimagine existing buildings with a high standard of technical competence. This is achieved through advanced exploration of the basic concepts and practices of Retrofit, Sustainability and Conservation.

The course pays particular attention to developing the learner’s knowledge of health & safety protocols in line with Irish legislation.  Learners will also develop an advanced understanding of building control demands including accessibility requirements, environmentally sustainable design, conservation and safe project delivery.

Why study Retrofit, Conservation and Sustainability with 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 skillset 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 in relation to 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

Course Highlights

  • Designed to meet the skills required by industry
  • Provides a solid base for those looking to advance their knowledge of Retrofit, Conservation and Sustainability
  • 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

The next intake for this course will commence in October 2020.