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

Passive sheltered scheme 500 years in the making

Passive sheltered scheme 500 years in the making

Taking its cues from the original historic almshouse on site, St John’s Lichfield chose to build their new sheltered housing development for older persons to the passive house standard as part of high-quality design that emphasised community, calm and comfort.

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Marketplace news

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

Eoin Leonard of i3PT nominated for entrepreneurial award

Eoin Leonard of i3PT nominated for entrepreneurial award

Eoin Leonard, CEO of i3PT Certification, has been named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for 2018.

18-10-2018 Marketplace

Tramex launches two new data loggers for buildings

Tramex launches two new data loggers for buildings

Tramex, the Irish designer and manufacturer of moisture monitors, has launched two new FeedBack DataLoggers — the DL-RHTA and DL-RHTX — for monitoring ambient conditions in buildings.

18-10-2018 Marketplace

Charlie Luxton launches Ecological’s UK seminar tour

Charlie Luxton launches Ecological’s UK seminar tour

Charlie Luxton will speak at the first event in Ecological’s Perfect Airtight Seal on 16 October at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre, Swindon, while the London event on 18 October will take place in the Building Centre.

10-10-2018 Marketplace

Sola recruiting two building services engineers

Sola recruiting two building services engineers

SOLA Energy Solutions, the pioneering Tipperary based deep retrofit contractor, is currently seeking to hire two mechanical/building service engineers to join its growing team.

08-10-2018 Marketplace

News and blogs

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

New UK retrofit standard will mandate ventilation & post occupancy checks

New UK retrofit standard will mandate ventilation & post occupancy checks

PAS 2035 follows high profile retrofit failures under government schemes

Projects

Current Irish housing policy is to not build housing

Current Irish housing policy is to not build housing

Even the most cursory examination of the figures shows how little housing the state is building, writes architect Mel Reynolds.

Blogs

UK Passivhaus Awards to be presented at London Build

UK Passivhaus Awards to be presented at London Build

The annual UK Passivhaus Awards take place this year on 24 October at the London Build trade fair.

Events

BER data: sick buildings risk while new build surges

BER data: sick buildings risk while new build surges

Over a third of new homes may be sick buildings which fail to comply with minimum ventilation requirements under Part F of the building regulations, new analysis by Passive House Plus has indicated.

Government

Filling the retrofit policy void

Filling the retrofit policy void

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.

Blogs

The House of Tomorrow, 1933

The House of Tomorrow, 1933

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.

Blogs

Government failing to act on radon in rented houses

Government failing to act on radon in rented houses

Consultation on rental standards also criticised.

Government

Breaking the mould in Thamesmead

Breaking the mould in Thamesmead

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.

Blogs

Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink

Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink

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.

Blogs

nZEB Ireland launched at national conference

nZEB Ireland launched at national conference

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 been launched.

General

New IGBC scheme measures carbon footprint of building materials

New IGBC scheme measures carbon footprint of building materials

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.

Projects

DLR social housing gets Home Performance Index silver cert

DLR social housing gets Home Performance Index silver cert

Irish Green Building Council has awarded the exacting Home Performance Index silver certification to a multi-unit social housing development in Dún Laoghaire.

Projects

Ecological host UK-wide airtightness seminars

Ecological host UK-wide airtightness seminars

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.

Events