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NOCN Level 4 Sustainable Design and Construction

Open College Network Northern Ireland

Level 4


The Level 4 Open College Network accredited course covers the principles of sustainable building design and construction including: How to achieve the optimum building envelope, Airtightness in Design and Construction, Sizing an MVHR, How to Remove Thermal Bridging, Thermography, Installation of Windows and Doors to achieve a thermal bridge free envelope and How building services (heating and ventilation) can be installed in a very efficient building envelope.


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Additional Information

During your course you may be required to purchase course text books and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £250 per year.

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Course Content

The course includes design and practical construction topics to achieve the optimum building envelope. Learners may progress to completing either the PassivHaus Tradesperson or PassivHaus Designer course also offered by SWC and accredited by the PassivHaus Institute.

Assessment Method

Assessment by mixed method of multiple-choice questions, explanation and sketched annotated diagrams.

Progression Opportunities

We offer the Passive House Tradesperson, Consultant and Designer courses, Foundation Degrees in Sustainable Construction and Architectural Technology and Building Services with Renewable Energy.

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Entry Requirements

A background in the building industry is essential including an understanding of basic building principles.

Further Information

Students are required to: / Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE). / Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted. / Pass* all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. / The minimum overall pass* mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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