Irish building industry foresees imminent green shift

Irish building industry foresees imminent green shift

Fifty-four percent of Irish organisations participating in the World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report expect their projects to be green by 2021 — well above the global average of 47%. “The number of green buildings has increased significantly in Ireland over the last five years,” said Pat Barry, CEO of the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC).

Events

Running AMOC

Running AMOC

How the potential shutdown of ocean currents, fuelled by melting ice caps, could dramatically change our climate.

Insight

News and blogs

Disastrous Preston retrofits make national headlines

Disastrous Preston retrofits make national headlines

The revelations in Passive House Plus issue 24 about failed external insulation retrofits in the Fishwick area of Preston have been followed up by UK national media, putting pressure on Ofgem, the electricity and gas regulator, to make more effort to help those affected.

Health

Low carbon homes forum to tour the UK in 2019

Low carbon homes forum to tour the UK in 2019

A series of nationwide forums designed to help housing and construction professionals improve home energy efficiency across the UK has secured support from regional low carbon champions.

Events

Buildings need better overheating models to guarantee future comfort

Buildings need better overheating models to guarantee future comfort

Building designers need to undertake much deeper analyses of overheating risks, and do so under future climate change scenarios, in order to ensure their buildings can adapt and remain comfortable for occupants in a warming world.

Design Approaches

ISH fair returns to Frankfurt in March 2019

ISH fair returns to Frankfurt in March 2019

ISH, the world’s leading trade fair focused on building services, energy, and water, returns to Messe Frankfurt from 11 to 15 March 2019.

Events

Rediscovery Centre wins sustainable energy award

Rediscovery Centre wins sustainable energy award

The Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun picked up the Buildings Award at the 2018 SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards, which were held at the Mansion House, Dublin, on 25 October. The awards recognise excellence in energy management in business, communities and public sector organisations.

Events

New Europe-wide boost for energy efficient mortgages

New Europe-wide boost for energy efficient mortgages

Energy efficient properties less likely to default, research finds

Government

Heat pumps & mechanical ventilation start to dominate new homes market

Heat pumps & mechanical ventilation start to dominate new homes market

Heat pumps were likely the dominant heating system in new Irish homes in 2017, and mechanical ventilation was on course to overtake natural ventilation in new homes in 2018, an analysis by Passive House Plus has revealed.

Heating

New authority to oversee safety in high rise apartment blocks

New authority to oversee safety in high rise apartment blocks

It is being suggested that the creation of a Joint Competent Authority – as called for by Dame Judith Hackitt in her review of the building regulatory system, after the Grenfell tragedy – is due to be announced by the UK Ministry of Housing very soon. And a new industry initiative is calling for Dame Judith’s recommendations to be implemented in full.

Government

Herefordshire eco-cottage wins Passivhaus Award

Herefordshire eco-cottage wins Passivhaus Award

Old Holloway Cottage, the 100 square metre timber-and-straw cottage in rural Herefordshire that was designed by its homeowner, architect Juraj Micurcik, picked up the small project award at this year’s UK Passivhaus Awards, which were presented at the end of October.

Events

A housing boom without the houses?

A housing boom without the houses?

There was much talk of jobless recovery as economies picked up after the last global recession. Mel Reynolds detects signs of an analogous proposition in the Irish property market: a housing boom that may be close to peaking without much in the way of housebuilding to report.

Blogs

UK buildings regulations set for major overhaul

UK buildings regulations set for major overhaul

Review to look at Part L & Part F, which deal with energy efficiency & ventilation

Government

Neil May 1962-2018

Neil May 1962-2018

“Only if we are capable of dwelling, only then can we build.” - Heidegger

General

New property finance platform offers chance to invest in Dublin passive house

New property finance platform offers chance to invest in Dublin passive house

PropertyBridges.com, a new “peer to peer” property investment company that aims to connect small-scale investors and local developers, has announced the launch of its first investment opportunity — a passive house project in Dublin. 

Projects

Performance gap much smaller for passive homes, research finds

Performance gap much smaller for passive homes, research finds

Dwellings built to passive standard consistently perform much closer to design targets, authors conclude.

Design Approaches

Study: extreme overheating not reflected in building simulations

Study: extreme overheating not reflected in building simulations

Dangerous overheating in buildings may not be showing up in desktop studies, new research suggests.

Design Approaches

19 major cities commit to zero carbon buildings

19 major cities commit to zero carbon buildings

London has joined 18 other cities around the world, including Paris, New York and Tokyo, in a landmark commitment to make all new buildings “zero carbon” by 2030. Regulations and planning policy will also target existing buildings to make them net-zero carbon by 2050.

Climate Change

New research finds air pollution particles in human placentas

New research finds air pollution particles in human placentas

Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in human placentas for the first time, in early-stage research at Queen Mary University London.

Health

Residents move into Shropshire passive house scheme

Residents move into Shropshire passive house scheme

A £2m passive house residential scheme has now been handed over to residents in Shropshire. The mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes in Callaughtons Ash, Much Wenlock, comprises ten homes for social rental and two in shared ownership.

Projects

The utopian Usonian

The utopian Usonian

Dr Marc Ó Riain looks at the influence of 20th century architectural giant Frank Lloyd Wright on low energy building design.

Blogs

Two houses for the price of one

Two houses for the price of one

Housing pundit and architect Mel Reynolds argues that local authority action could be the key to solving the housing crisis.

Blogs

Passive houses open to public this November

Passive houses open to public this November

The International Passive House Days, during which passive house residents open their doors to members of the public, takes place this year from 9 to 11 November.

Events

Health & well-being the focus of Better Homes 2018

Health & well-being the focus of Better Homes 2018

The Irish Green Building Council will host its Better Homes 2018 conference in the Alex Hotel, Dublin on Thursday 8 November.

Events

New NUIG study to examine ventilation in A-rated homes

New NUIG study to examine ventilation in A-rated homes

A research project examining the effectiveness of ventilation systems in low energy homes is one of 45 new sustainable energy projects to receive government funding in companies and institutions across Ireland.

Ventilation

Building industry must tackle gender imbalance — CIF

Building industry must tackle gender imbalance — CIF

The construction industry needs more female workers to meet current demand for skills and to deliver Ireland’s urgent housing and infrastructure needs, construction leaders say.

Employment

Marketplace news

NIBE heat pumps chosen for Bolands Quay development

NIBE heat pumps chosen for Bolands Quay development

NIBE’s F730 exhaust air heat pumps have been selected to provide heating, ventilation and hot water for the Bolands Quay apartment development at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin, which is currently under construction.

08-01-2019 Marketplace

uPVC windows can be surprisingly eco-friendly — MBC Project

uPVC windows can be surprisingly eco-friendly — MBC Project

The environmental impact of uPVC windows can be substantially reduced through proper recycling at the end of life, according to MBC Project, the Irish supplier of windows and doors for low energy and passive house projects.

08-01-2019 Marketplace

VRM Tech aim to digitise passive house building

VRM Tech aim to digitise passive house building

VRM Tech, the developer of innovative mobile software apps for the construction industry, has launched Virtual Construction Management Platform (VCMP), a cloud-based app that aims to radically streamline the management of construction projects.

07-01-2019 Marketplace

NBT set for 50% growth in sales this year

NBT set for 50% growth in sales this year

Woodfibre insulation specialist, NBT, is on target for a 50 per cent growth in sales volumes for 2018, indicating that specifiers are increasingly selecting woodfibre for its thermal performance, year-round comfort and moisture dispersion properties.

07-01-2019 Marketplace

Origen launches De Dietrich heat pumps

Origen launches De Dietrich heat pumps

Leading heating specialist Origen Energy has launched the new range of De Dietrich Alezio Easylife air-to-water heat pumps to the Irish market. The Easylife range features a line-up of heat pumps ranging in output from 4.5kW to 16kW and is available with domestic hot water cylinders ranging in size from 150 to 300 litres.

26-10-2018 Marketplace

BEAM introduces new high spec MVHR control panel

BEAM introduces new high spec MVHR control panel

Industry-leading mechanical ventilation company BEAM Vacuum & Ventilation has introduced a new user-friendly, high specification digital control panel for their popular Axco C130 Counterflow MVHR system. The aura-t wall mounted panel offers an advanced yet simple-to-use touchscreen controller for programming, commissioning and occupancy control.

26-10-2018 Marketplace

Heat Merchants announces €4m expansion, 75 jobs & CO2 pledge

Heat Merchants announces €4m expansion, 75 jobs & CO2 pledge

Heat Merchants Group, the largest suppliers of heating, plumbing and home improvement materials to the professional and retail markets in Ireland, recently announced the creation of up to 75 new jobs in a €4 million investment programme that will see the opening of nine new Heat Merchants branches, and four additional Tubs & Tiles showrooms, over the next three years.

26-10-2018 Marketplace

Meet nZEB with the new Amvic 300 ICF System

Meet nZEB with the new Amvic 300 ICF System

Leading insulated concrete formwork (ICF) manufacturer Amvic Ireland says that its new Amvic 300 ICF system contributes significantly to achieving the nZEB standard in new buildings, following a fresh energy assessment of some of the company’s previous projects.

26-10-2018 Marketplace