Dudley Colley

Dudley Colley

Eamon Ryan

[Editor] Jeff Colley has played a pivotal and sometimes unseen role in relation to real green reform. My work in government has been greatly assisted by Jeff’s work.
Eamon Ryan, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (2007 – 2011) and current leader of the Green Party

Jay Stuart

Passive House Plus puts down a marker against which the industry will be measured.
Jay Stuart, managing director, DWEcoCo

Declan Molloy

I have just borrowed a copy of your publication in work, and very much welcome this addition to the otherwise banal magazine racks.
Declan Molloy – Dip.Arch., BaArch.,ARIAI, Galway County Council

Mark

I'd like to wish you well with your much needed publication. Our own project, the Village will be looking with interest at your articles from now on.
Mark O'Sullivan, the eco village, Cloughjordan

Tomas

When I heard Construct Ireland was redefining itself as Passive House Plus, I smiled and thought to myself ‘Passive House is in excellent hands’. The team at PH+ know their passive from their schmassive.
Tomas O’Leary, founder, The Passive House Academy

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About us

Passive House Plus is the world's first English language magazine focused on building and upgrading to the world's leading low energy standard - passive house. Published in separate UK and Irish editions, the magazine's focus extends beyond energy efficiency to take in indoor air quality, water usage and the environmental impact of materials. The magazine won the Business to Business Magazine of the Year award at the Irish Magazine Awards in December 2012.

The magazine is an evolution of Construct Ireland (for a sustainable future), the award winning Irish sustainable building magazine. First published in January 2003, Construct Ireland played a key role in raising consciousness of the need for low energy, low impact, healthy buildings in Ireland, affecting the design and construction of tens of thousands of new buildings. Construct Ireland has been credited as playing a key role in the introduction of world class low energy building regulations for new homes in Ireland - with mandatory targets including 60% energy and carbon reductions compared to 2005 standards and the installation of renewable energy systems.  

The concept of producing a magazine focused exclusively on sustainable building in a relatively small market such as Ireland may have seemed foolhardy in 2003. Fossil energy was cheap, Ireland was in the grip of a record-breaking construction boom characterised by quantity over quality, and addressing climate change was not perceived as anything like a priority for Irish businesses.

In the intervening years, however, everything has changed, and sustainable building has moved from the fringes to become a central concern for all new construction projects. Construct Ireland has been at the front line, driving that change on, whilst simultaneously evolving into the most widely-read, most influential construction magazine in Ireland.

Our impacts are numerous and include everything from helping specifiers to source innovative sustainable materials and technologies, to successfully campaigning for policy change for the built environment.

We drove forward groundbreaking local energy initiatives which ultimately resulted in changes to building regulations for all new homes including 60% energy and carbon dioxide reductions, mandatory use of renewable energy and airtightness testing during construction. We even played a part in accelerating the introduction of energy ratings for new homes by 18 months, as a result of lobbying through the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment in 2005.

Published on a bimonthly basis, Passive House Plus is an ABC audited, full colour, perfect bound publication, printed on paper from Forest StewardShip Council certified sources.

Stonebrokers

“The thing to bear in mind is that even though it got knocked down, every single window sill went into another house, all the flooring and slates went into another house”, says Stephen Porter of Stonebrokers on the recent demolition of Lough na Vale in Sandymount.

Mellotts Joinery

Mellott’s Joinery, based in Mayo since 1857, has long been a specialist in Joinery. Construct Ireland grabbed Thomas Mellott for a quick chat about the company’s history and the techniques involved.

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