Is the O’Devaney Gardens deal social vandalism?

Is the O’Devaney Gardens deal social vandalism?

The redevelopment of O’Devaney Gardens in Dublin City has grabbed headlines. Commentary has focused on the low levels of social housing proposed, high prices for private homes, and developer profit. But what is the cost to the state, asks Mel Reynolds, and is this sustainable?

Blogs

Software errors create false NZEB compliance picture

Software errors create false NZEB compliance picture

Teething problems with the software used to generate Building Energy Ratings and determine compliance with Part L of the building regulations may be rendering it unfit for purpose, Passive House Plus can reveal.

Part L - Building Regulations

Marketplace news

Barn retrofit achieves 0.18 ACH with bi-fold doors

Barn retrofit achieves 0.18 ACH with bi-fold doors

A deep retrofit project in Lancaster has achieved possibly the best ever airtightness result in the UK for a retrofit project. Designed by leading passive house architect Mark Siddall, Shepherd’s Barn is a super insulated, low energy barn conversion which incorporates high standards of airtightness and an MVHR system.

10-12-2019 Marketplace

New airtight London apartments near completion

New airtight London apartments near completion

A new apartment development in one of South London’s up and coming districts is making use of Magply boards’ fire resistance and other performance characteristics, as the lining to a bespoke timber frame package.

31-10-2019 Marketplace

NBT begins merger with Soprema

NBT begins merger with Soprema

NBT, the UK supplier of Pavatex insulation and airtightness products, has completed the first phase of a merger with building products giant, Soprema.

23-10-2019 Marketplace

Blowerproof used to seal Sandycove passive house

Blowerproof used to seal Sandycove passive house

A new Dublin passive house is aiming to achieve the required standard of airtightness using using an innovative new application of Blowerproof liquid airtight membrane. Blowerproof liquid airtight membrane is a BBA certified product with Class C fire rating, which has been used widely on passive house projects across Europe for the last 10 years.

23-10-2019 Marketplace

Lidan complete ecological NZEB rapid build for DLR

Lidan complete ecological NZEB rapid build for DLR

A highly sustainable rapid-build dwelling built for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council may be one of the first, if not the first ever dwelling, completely finished off-site in Ireland .

23-10-2019 Marketplace

A1 Dublin & Kildare homes move towards zero energy

A1 Dublin & Kildare homes move towards zero energy

Towards Zero Energy Ltd has just completed eight months monitoring of five dwellings in the Dublin region that it upgraded to A1 BERs last year under SEAI’s Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme. The dwellings were typical suburban 1950s to 1970s two-storey, semi-detached/terraced houses and all were three or four bedrooms in size.

14-10-2019 Marketplace

UK housing market must start demanding much higher quality - Ecomerchant

UK housing market must start demanding much higher quality - Ecomerchant

The entire UK housing market — from self-builders and house buyers through to large-scale developers, housing associations and local authorities — must start demanding a much higher level of quality from new homes in order to ensure the market delivers buildings that are genuinely healthy, sustainable and low energy. That is according to Will Kirkman, managing director of leading sustainable building product supplier Ecomerchant.

01-10-2019 Marketplace

Green Building Store launches new energy model service

Green Building Store launches new energy model service

Green Building Store has announced the launch of a new service that is now included at no extra charge in its product packages.

01-10-2019 Marketplace

News and blogs

New digital construction platform launches

New digital construction platform launches

BIMcert’s innovative training platform for the construction industry is now open. The new platform is live with temporary free training for all.

Events

Zero carbon standard launched for Irish homes

Zero carbon standard launched for Irish homes

The Irish Green Building Council launched a zero-carbon standard for new homes at its Better Homes conference in Dublin today, Thursday November 7. The new standard will enable Irish home builders to offer certified zero carbon homes to home buyers.

Events

‘Bottom up’ approach can kick-start retrofit, report finds

‘Bottom up’ approach can kick-start retrofit, report finds

A new report has advocated a 'bottom-up' approach as an effective way to deliver the deep retrofit of the UK's building stock at scale.

General

Alliance for Sustainable Building Products opens awards for entries

Alliance for Sustainable Building Products opens awards for entries

The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) has announced that the ASBP Awards 2020 are now open for entries.

Events

Managing moisture: why we must learn the four Cs

Managing moisture: why we must learn the four Cs

Moisture problems are the Achilles heel of many new builds and retrofits, explains Dr Peter Rickaby – problems that can be exacerbated with poorly-conceived energy efficiency efforts, and which may become more prevalent due to climate breakdown.

Blogs

New building regs “tragic” for external insulation market

New building regs “tragic” for external insulation market

There is growing concern in the retrofit industry that incoming changes to Part L of the building regulations, set to come into force this November, could decimate the market for external insulation.

Part L - Building Regulations

Greenbuild Europe 2020 to take place in Dublin

Greenbuild Europe 2020 to take place in Dublin

The third annual Greenbuild Europe conference will be held in Dublin on 24-25 March 2020, at the Croke Park conference centre.

Events

Dun Laoghaire to host World NZEB Forum in November

Dun Laoghaire to host World NZEB Forum in November

Minister for finance Pascal Donohoe TD announced the World Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Forum at government buildings recently, to be held in Dún Laoghaire on 13-14 November.

Events

Norwich passive house scheme wins Stirling Prize

Norwich passive house scheme wins Stirling Prize

The Goldsmith Street development in Norwich has become both the first social housing scheme and the first passive house certified project to win the Stirling Prize, British architecture’s most prestigious award. 

General

Passive House conference comes to China

Passive House conference comes to China

The 23rd annual International Passive House Conference takes place outside of Europe for the first time ever this year, with the Chinese city of Gaobeidian hosting the event on 9 to 11 October. This year’s conference was rescheduled after originally being set for 21 and 22 September.

Events

Energy Action to host 8th fuel poverty conference

Energy Action to host 8th fuel poverty conference

Energy Action is hosting its eighth annual Fuel Poverty Conference in Dublin on 21 October 2019, at the Croke Park Conference Centre. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD will open the conference.

Events

More UK councils adopt passive house standard

More UK councils adopt passive house standard

Local authorities across the UK are starting to embrace the passive house standard by formally encouraging its use in their planning policies and local area plans. This follows confirmation from the government last year that councils were entitled to set higher building energy efficiency standards locally than is mandated by Part L of the building regulations.

Government

Durkan to break ground on 47 Killiney passive houses

Durkan to break ground on 47 Killiney passive houses

Durkan Residential are set to break ground this month on one of Ireland’s largest passive house schemes to date, Rockfield. Situated on Church Road, Killiney, the scheme will comprise 47 units, including 15 generously proportioned 171 m2 houses, 16 duplexes averaging 115 m2, and 16 ground floor units averaging 80 m2 each.

Projects

Bank of Ireland unveils new green loans

Bank of Ireland unveils new green loans

Bank of Ireland has unveiled a suite of green loans and interest rates to encourage home owners and businesses to be more energy efficient. The new initiatives include a green interest rate discount for borrowers buying or building energy efficient homes, and a green home improvement loan for energy efficiency retrofits. Businesses, including farmers, will also be able to access reduced interest rates for investment in energy saving improvements.

General

Diverging trends at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Diverging trends at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Imagine you are a business owner in a changing, Willy Wonka-esque world wherein you have to entertain two extreme ends of your market to satisfy clients.

Events

Office-to-flat conversions “deeply worrying”

Office-to-flat conversions “deeply worrying”

Rights allowing the conversion of commercial buildings into dwellings, without planning permission, are potentially creating unhealthy living conditions.

Government

BER data indicates national house building growth – except for Dublin

BER data indicates national house building growth – except for Dublin

Significantly more new homes (16.5%) were built in Ireland in the first eight months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 – with double digit declines in Dublin cancelled out by strong growth in the rest of the country, new analysis by Passive House Plus indicates.

Government

How will today’s buildings perform tomorrow?

How will today’s buildings perform tomorrow?

Richard Tibenham of Greenlite Energy Assessors says a case of two highly energy-inefficient and ‘hard-to-treat’ buildings, built in 2013, should serve as a warning to the whole construction sector.

Blogs

Secured by Design: crime prevention with CO2 co-benefits

Secured by Design: crime prevention with CO2 co-benefits

More than one million homes have been built around the UK to security standards required by Secured by Design (SBD), the UK’s national police crime prevention initiative, with significant reductions in crime and with considerable benefits to the environment. SBD senior development officer, Kenny McHugh, explains what SBD could offer to Ireland.

Blogs

Reflections on sustainable Nordic architecture

Reflections on sustainable Nordic architecture

It’s no coincidence that Nordic countries are some of the most advanced in the world when it comes to low energy design. In this article, three assistant professors of architecture based in Denmark and Finland discuss areas where we can learn from our Nordic neighbours — and where we might return the favour.

Blogs

Rebuilding Ireland mishap significantly inflating HAP figures

Rebuilding Ireland mishap significantly inflating HAP figures

Mark Twain popularised the saying “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics”. Mel Reynolds explains why Department of Housing statistics on HAP may be grossly inflating the state’s impact on tackling the housing crisis.

Blogs

Editor's letter: Issue 30

Editor's letter: Issue 30

Our editor Jeff Colley's editor's letter from issue 30 received some particularly lovely praise, with architect Steve Mardall reaching out to say: "Was moved to write to commend you on your editor’s letter in this issue 30. You’ve perfectly captured the essence of the totality of where we are as a planet and a race. And captured well that subtle consensus of denial and ‘othering’ it, that is a compelling force to fall in line with if one is not to be labelled as a righteous crank. Your words articulate some of my own not formally articulated thoughts, and offer me clarity...

Blogs

Mapping the efficiency of Europe’s buildings

Mapping the efficiency of Europe’s buildings

A new free-to-use online tool aims to map the energy performance of Europe’s buildings, with the goal of helping to stimulate large-scale deep retrofit, writes project manager Michael Hanratty.

Blogs

100 Irish households sought for indoor air quality study

100 Irish households sought for indoor air quality study

Researchers from the School of Physics at NUI Galway are seeking to recruit 100 households to measure indoor environmental air quality within Irish homes that have been built to be highly energy efficient, by deploying remote sensors within the homes.

Health

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