The imperative to engage in evidence-based deep retrofit grows by the day. With the UK government dragging its heels, Peter Rickaby finds signs of hope in local initiatives, and in burgeoning Irish efforts.
In his third column on visionary eco-buildings of the 20th century, Dr Marc Ó Riain looks at the pioneering
passive solar designs of Fred Keck.
Consultation on rental standards also criticised.
The net effect of poor insulation levels, underheating and under-ventilation in buildings poses a major public health threat. Peter Rickaby describes one pioneering London project that’s taking a practical, methodical – and scalable – approach to solving the problem.
Inertia with state-owned land is exacerbating Ireland’s housing crisis, argues housing commentator and architect Mel Reynolds, in spite of the state possessing enough zoned land to make a major dent in solving the problem.
nZEB Ireland, an independent not-for-profit
organization established to fill the knowledge
gap on the EU’s nearly zero energy
building (nZEB) standard in Ireland, has
The Irish Green Building Council has launched a new programme
to measure the carbon footprint of construction products.
The Environmental Product Declaration Ireland Programme (EPD
Ireland) allows manufacturers to publish independently verified
information about the environmental footprint of their products.
Irish Green Building Council has awarded the exacting
Home Performance Index silver certification to a multi-unit
social housing development in Dún Laoghaire.
To celebrate BBA approval of its Pro Clima Intello Plus intelligent
airtight membrane, Ecological Building Systems and Pro Clima have
announced a seminar tour that will bring airtightness insights to five
locations around the UK.
Dublin-based Aru Joinery has picked up the award for best window and doors installation company at Build magazine’s 2018 Sustainable Building Awards.
Dampness reduction via better ventilation seen to be key
At SEAI's 2018 deep retrofit conference, there are signs that action to overhaul Ireland's outdated, inefficient building stock is gradually moving forward
A new one-day conference set to be held in Dublin next month will look at the twin challenges of solving Ireland's housing crisis with rapid-build construction, while at the same time meeting new standards for nearly zero energy buildings (nZEBs).
As understanding grows of the importance to human health of good bacteria in our environment, and new hospitals in the US start to undergo ‘prebiotic’ treatment, Dr Peter Rickaby asks how long it will be before microbiology becomes a core part of building design.
In his second column on visionary eco-buildings of the 20th century, Dr Marc Ó Riain looks at the Dover Sun House, which used a pioneering salt solution to capture and store solar energy
Establishing a building’s overall sustainability ultimately means quantifying the impacts of the materials used to construct it. Up till now, that’s been a laborious, time-consuming process. That might be about to change, explains Irish Green Building Council CEO Pat Barry.
An innovative scheme to develop the site of
the former Caerphilly Magistrates Court in
South Wales into 38 new social homes built
to passive house standard has been granted planning
permission by Caerphilly Council.
Leading green lender Ecology
Building Society has welcomed
the publication of the Green
Finance Taskforce’s report to the
UK government on boosting green
finance, but warned that any measures
to stimulate green lending must be
long-term and sustainable.
Concerns have been raised that proposed changes to Irish building regulations — designed to bring Ireland in line with EU requirements that new homes be ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ (nZEBs) from the end of 2020 — could encourage sub-standard approaches to ventilation and airtightness.
The Irish Green Building Council's
annual Green Room event takes
place this year on 2 May in the Alex
Hotel, Dublin, and this year’s conference
focuses on the imminent arrival of nearly
zero energy building standards, and on the
role of 'corporate action in our transition to
a low carbon built environment’.
A disastrous failed external insulation contract run under a government energy saving scheme has affected up to 390 homes in Preston with water penetration, mould and damp.
It is simply not possible for developers to build housing in cities like Dublin and sell it for a reasonable price without making a loss, writes architect Mel Reynolds — instead, we need meaningful affordable housing schemes.
Innovations in low energy building were spurred in the 20th century by oil crises, but the political impetus for meaningful change receded once the crises ended, explains Dr Marc Ó Riain, bringing an attendant failure to set meaningful building regulations.
The penny is starting to drop that profound energy saving efforts in buildings – right up to zero
emissions levels – are both necessary and urgent if the UK is to honour its climate change targets.
So what’s holding up meaningful action, asks Peter Rickaby?