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LC244 Sustainable Building and Energy Engineering - BSc
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 7
    Built Environment
    CAO Points:
    298 (Round 1) ​​
    3 years
    Limerick (Moylish)

    What is the programme about?
    This programme is ideal for students wishing to build a career in Sustainable Building and Energy Engineering industry. Both Buildings and Energy are needed for everything we do in today’s world.

    Climate change is happening and is caused by burning fossil fuels. While energy prices are low at the moment they won’t stay low in the long term. Therefore, we need new ways to produce energy and we need to make smarter use of the energy we produce. The EU and Ireland have set very ambitious targets for energy efficiency and clean energy production. The outcome of the COP21 Climate Change Agreement in Paris will lead to more aggressive energy targets.

    Meeting these targets will require huge investment in the areas of sustainable building, energy efficient technologies, clean energy production and distribution. This will create jobs for people with the right skills.

    This programme covers all the technologies needed to reduce energy usage in buildings and to produce energy from clean renewable sources. This programme offers a mixture of theory and practical learning in all aspects of Sustainable Building and Energy Engineering. The skills learned on the programme can be used in a wide range of industries and good graduates are in high demand. ​

    Who is the programme suited to?
    Anyone interested in a career in the expanding sustainable building, renewable energy, and energy efficiency sectors. The programme covers a broad range of technologies which can be applied in many different sectors and past graduates now work in a wide variety of industries. It is not necessary to have studied Construction or Engineering for the Leaving Cert, all the required construction, engineering science, and practical skills are covered within the programme.

    Top 3 Reasons
    1. The Sustainable building sector is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide.
    2. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy are the best options for reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and investment in both will continue to increase.
    3. The skills learned on the programme can be applied in a wide range of industries giving excellent job prospects.

    Class Contact Hours
    20 hours per week

    Did You Know?
    Do you think that they're will be many jobs in this sector in the future?
    The energy industry has been identified as a growth industry even in the current economic climate, a skills shortage in this area has been highlighted in numerous reports which has ultimately lead to the development of this programme. Currently in Germany there are more people employed in the energy sector than in the car industry, which they are noted for. Ireland's first green economic zone known as An tSlí Ghlas - The Green Way, has forecast 10,000 jobs over the next five years in the green sector in Ireland A very brief overview of the programmes structure is as follows. On completion of first year students will have a functional knowledge of domestic building and domestic energy systems including renewable energy technologies. Students will be able to use this knowledge to make calculated judgments about these technologies including cost benefit analysis. In second year we cover large scale renewable energy technologies and industrial and commercial building. Third year gives the student a functional knowledge of environmental issues surrounding energy, facilities management and energy management including energy analysis software.

    Is their any add on's for this course in the college?
    Yes, the level 8 BSc (honours) degree in Energy Management (built environment). .Energy management is a growth industry and with increasing regulation and the need to reduce energy consumption the role of the energy manager in industry has become very important.

    There are also Level 9 MSc programmes offered in the area if wish to continue your education to that level.

    Will there be much practical work involved in this course?
    It is LIT's mission to teach through active learning which includes practical work. Most of the modules in this programme are practical by nature, and scenario/work based project work is part of all modules. E.G. Our first years recently carried out a feasability study on a site with a stream running through it to examine the potential for Hydro power as part of their project work.

    The programme is ideal for students who wish to enter or develop a career in Renewable Energy, Sustainable Building and the management of Sustainable Construction and Renewable Energy Technologies. Renewable Energy and Sustainable Building go hand in hand in developing Ireland’s green economy.


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