Jeff Colley

Jeff Colley

Jeff Colley is the editor of Passive House Plus. He won the Green Leader award at the 2010 Green Awards for his advocacy work on the inclusion of energy ratings in property advertising, and a proposal to finance energy upgrades via utility bills. He established Construct Ireland (for a sustainable future), Ireland's pioneering sustainable building magazine, in 2003. The magazine evolved into Passive House Plus in late 2012, the world's first English language magazine focused on passive house, as well as other aspects of sustainable building. He is also a founder of Éasca, (the Environmental and Sustainable Construction Association) , an organisation set up to develop and promote a membership of approved companies offering genuinely sustainable solutions. He writes a regular column for the Sunday Times, and has authored, co-authored and contributed to articles on sustainable building for numerous newspapers including the Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post, the Irish Examiner & the Sunday Tribune.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown puts mandatory passive house target into draft county development plan

We've been working quietly away on this for a while - and I have been co-opted onto the board of the Passive House Association of Ireland, principally to work on this - but I'm excited to say that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council passed a motion this evening to make the passive house standard (or equivalent) mandatory for all new buildings in the county from 2016 onwards. UK clients, please don't feel like we're neglecting you. We are pottering away on a proposal for your market too, though the formidable obstacle that is the right honourable Eric Pickles means we have to tackle public buildings only, thanks to an entirely retrograde conclusion of his housing standards review.

Irish REFIT & renewable heat incentive on the way?

One of our sources in DCENR informs us that the department is set to go to consultation "within a month or so" on a new renewable energy feed in tariff scheme - including microgenerators - and, separately, a renewable heat incentive scheme.

SEAI: Deap targets aren’t only way to meet Part L

Specifications for new homes which fall short of energy performance targets in the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure software may nonetheless comply with Part L of the Irish Building Regulations, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has said. This is potentially a significant development for passive house, a proven ultra low energy building strategy which is often undermined by the relatively crude assumptions in the Irish regulatory guidance and Deap software.

Media HQ shows ultra low energy vision

While Ireland’s minimum energy performance regulations for dwellings have come on leaps and bounds in recent years, standards for non-domestic buildings have remained untouched. Which makes forward-thinking media production company TVM’s new ultra low energy HQ all the more impressive.  

Next gen Irish designers & contractors to be steeped in passive house?

I believe the children are our future, as the stomach-churningly saccharine song line goes. If the emerging evidence from recent Irish 2nd level exam papers are anything to go by, the construction studies teachers share that sentiment, and are ensuring that the next generation of Irish designers and contractors will have a detailed understanding of how to design and construct passive houses.

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