Digital Academy for the Sustainable Built Environment​

A hub for upskilling, capacity building and education in the construction sector.

Energy Efficiency

The residential sector accounts for 25% of all energy used in Ireland. New buildings must meet an nZEB standard by 2020.

Circular Economy

The residential sector accounts for 25% of all energy used in Ireland. New buildings must meet an nZEB standard by 2020.

Digital Skills

A strong digital economy powered by Europeans with digital skills is vital for innovation, growth, and jobs.

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What is the DASBE Project?

Green Alliance Project

Featured Project

The Digital Academy for the Sustainable Built Environment (DASBE) is providing blended education in critical areas needed to upskill the construction and retrofit sectors. 

DASBE is focusing on three core themes: energy efficiency, the circular economy, and digital skills for sustainable building.

DASBE is a partnership between the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) and Atlantic Technological University (ATU), along with industry partners the Irish Green Building Council and Tipperary Energy Agency and is funded by the government’s Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3.

DASBE partners are involved in numerous projects including Horizon Scanning, VR, Living Labs, and the Digital Platform.

Are you a higher education institute, vocational organisation or industry body and want to work with us on this exciting initiative? Contact the DASBE team here.

Explore Featured Programmes

The following are just some of the  programmes and courses available in 2023-2024:


Certificate in Community Energy Development

The engagement of communities in understanding energy sources and local renewable energy opportunities, is critical in a transition to a low-carbon society. I enrolled in the TUS Certificate in Community Energy Development to enhance my knowledge of sustainable energy technologies/solutions available to communities, and to learn from others participating in this area. This course was engaging, challenging and informative and was delivered by a flexible blended model. In particular, I found the site visits highly instructive and the on-line lectures engaging and sociable.

Clare Lee

Climate Action Co-ordinator, Tipperary County Council

Energy Renovation of Traditional Buildings

As a Building Control Officer I am aware that Building Regulations are primarily focused on the design and construction of new buildings as opposed to the retrofit and the renovation of traditional buildings. From completion of this course, I have a far better understanding of how modern materials and modern practices cannot simply be imposed onto older buildings that were designed on entirely different principles, where issues of moisture movement and risk are different from those found in new construction. Before this course, I was inclined to encourage everyone that was carrying out retrofit works to strive for compliance with the Building Regulations. I now have a better understanding that the Building Regulations cannot always be applied to traditional buildings. I also have a better understanding on how the use of computer models such as DEAP to predict energy use in traditional buildings is not very accurate as the default values of DEAP are often significantly different to measured energy use. Rather than relying on default values, an understanding of renovation materials and traditional materials must always be considered.

Angela Naughton

Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Clare County Council

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Higher Diploma in Residential Energy Retrofit Management

As a One Stop Shop, our purpose at Electric Ireland Superhomes is to empower our customers to achieve warmer, healthier, low-carbon homes. As we continue to expand nationwide and deliver on this mission, development of our people is key. The TUS Higher Diploma in Residential Energy Retrofit Management has been a fantastic support in building the technical knowledge and capability of our team in a way that is flexible, practical and engaging. The modular nature of the programme gives us the flexibility to tailor the courses to individual development plans. The feedback from our team members has been positive, with the blended delivery model, along with the practical site visits, complementing and enhancing their on-the-job experience designing and implementing home energy retrofit solutions for our customers.
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Tommy Kearney

Human Resources

Certificate in Community Energy Development

The Certificate in Community Energy Development is highly recommended for any community energy groups. The course enabled students easy access to presentations, good reference materials and know how. All external presenters were very knowledgeable and helpful. The 1st semester was a good foundation on the basics of energy efficiency, renewables and the basic understanding of measurement, calculations, etc. The 2nd semester included excellent information on what’s required for community based projects.
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Jim Kenehan


Masters in Sustainable Energy Systems Management

The SESYM course overall is packed with opportunities to allow you to flourish into a profound and recognised professional in the field. You will feel a strong level of support from start to finish, be it from past students, lecturers, energy professionals etc. whom are involved in the alumni, you will never feel alone.


Kayleigh-Ann Myles


Our Partners

The following technological universities and organisations are the DASBE partners

Frequently Asked Questions

All applicants availing of funding must be resident in Ireland.

All successful applicants will qualify for DASBE funding once the applicant is resident in Ireland.

DASBE (Digital Academy for the Sustainable Built Environment) is a hub for upskilling, capacity building and education in the construction sector. The DASBE Consortium provides blended education in critical areas needed to upskill the construction and retrofit sectors.

DASBE is offering the construction industry a range of subsidised courses in Energy Efficiency, Circular Economy and Digitalisation.

For more detailed information, see the About page.

A module is a particular unit of study on a particular topic e.g. Maths or Web Development 1.  Each module has a number of credits and a defined schedule for delivery.

A programme is made up of one or more modules and a student completes the individual modules to complete a programme e.g Higher Diploma in Business Management or Certificate in Near Zero Energy Buildings.  The Award is what the student receives having completed their full programme of study e.g. Pass or Distinction.

On selecting your preferred programme, you will be provided with an option to contact the registering body for that programme.

Within the educational environment, the terms, “Course” and “Programme”, are often used interchangeably. However, there are some differences in their meanings:

A Course: This is usually a unit of study focused on a specific topic or subject. It is typically a short-term learning experience that lasts from a few weeks to a few months. Courses are usually taken as part of a larger programme or degree, but can also be taken independently.

Courses provide opportunities to develop current knowledge and learn new skills through facilitated learning and activities.

A Programme: A programme is a set of courses that are designed to achieve a specific educational goal. They are usually more comprehensive and structured form of learning experience, that typically takes place over a longer period of time than a course. In addition, these lead to formal accreditation in the form of Certificate, Diploma, or Degree award.

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