The Galway passive house inspired by a water tower

The Galway passive house inspired by a water tower

Generational differences in taste were successfully married by a concern for energy efficiency in this contemporary, award-winning passive house in An Spidéal, which comes within a whisker of the nZEB standard.

New build

Passive House Plus launches sustainable building web directory

Passive House Plus launches sustainable building web directory

Passive House Plus has launched a beta version of its new content-rich web platform for the sustainable building sector, Marketplace+.

Events

Marketplace news

Stunning Bath home features Urban Front oak doors

Stunning Bath home features Urban Front oak doors

A stylish new low energy home within a World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Bath is one of the latest projects to feature an e98 passiv front door from UK manufacturer Urban Front.

14-08-2018 Marketplace

Saint-Gobain launches free nZEB training courses

Saint-Gobain launches free nZEB training courses

The Saint-Gobain Ireland Technical Academy is adding to its existing training portfolio by launching a series of free nZEB modular courses. Starting this July, these innovative nZEB courses will offer those working in construction in Ireland a chance to upskill, free of charge, in an increasingly regulated area of the construction industry.

14-08-2018 Marketplace

Passive Sills gets Agrément cert

Passive Sills gets Agrément cert

Passive Sills, the Cork-based manufacturer of insulated window sills, has now received an NSAI Agrément certificate for its passive sills system. The company also told Passive House Plus that it was expecting to get its British Board of Agrément certificate imminently, too.

13-08-2018 Marketplace

Hi-therm+ wins construction product of the year

Hi-therm++ wins construction product of the year

Keystone’s Hi-therm+ lintel has won construction product of the year at the 2018 Irish Construction Industry Awards.

09-08-2018 Marketplace

Landmark West Yorkshire mill rebuilt with Nudura ICF

Landmark West Yorkshire mill rebuilt with Nudura ICF

Corn Mill Farm, a landmark old mill building in West Yorkshire, has undergone an extensive rebuild and renovation using Nudura insulated concrete formwork (ICF) panels to bring it up to modern standards of comfort and energy efficiency, while retaining its original appearance.

09-08-2018 Marketplace

New non-domestic Part L will prove a “culture shock” — Net Zero

New non-domestic Part L will prove a “culture shock” — Net Zero

The new Part L of the building regulations for non-domestic buildings will provide something of a culture shock to the industry, according to Brian Byrne of energy consultancy Net Zero, unless it quickly gets to grip with the new standard.

09-08-2018 Marketplace

MBC blitzes airtight test on latest passive house project

MBC blitzes airtight test on latest passive house project

Leading low energy timber frame manufacturer MBC Timber Frame has completed work on another project aiming for the passive house standard.

07-08-2018 Marketplace

Hi-therm+ wins Housebuilder building fabric award

Hi-therm++ wins Housebuilder building fabric award

Keystone Lintels has won the ‘best building fabric product’ award at the 2018 Housebuilder Product Awards for the company’s Hi-therm+ lintel.

07-08-2018 Marketplace

News and blogs

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

Aru Joinery wins sustainable building award

Aru Joinery wins sustainable building award

Dublin-based Aru Joinery has picked up the award for best window and doors installation company at Build magazine’s 2018 Sustainable Building Awards.

Events

Better housing means fewer A&E admissions, study finds

Better housing means fewer A&E admissions, study finds

Dampness reduction via better ventilation seen to be key

Government

The slow, heavy gears of deep retrofit start to turn

The slow, heavy gears of deep retrofit start to turn

At SEAI's 2018 deep retrofit conference, there are signs that action to overhaul Ireland's outdated, inefficient building stock is gradually moving forward 

Blogs

Dublin to host conference on rapid-build nZEB construction

Dublin to host conference on rapid-build nZEB construction

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).

Events

The prebiotic passive house

The prebiotic passive house

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.

Blogs

1948: The Dover Sun House

1948: The Dover Sun House

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

Blogs

Is building life cycle assessment about to become easy?

Is building life cycle assessment about to become easy?

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.

Blogs

Planning granted for major passive scheme in South Wales

Planning granted for major passive scheme in South Wales

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.

Projects

Green finance must be longterm & sustainable — Ecology

Green finance must be longterm & sustainable — Ecology

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.

Government

Concerns raised about ventilation in proposed Part F & L change

Concerns raised about ventilation in proposed Part F & L change

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.

Government

Green Room 2018 to focus on nZEB and corporate sustainability on 2 May

Green Room 2018 to focus on nZEB and corporate sustainability on 2 May

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’.

Events

Disastrous Preston retrofit scheme remains unresolved

Disastrous Preston retrofit scheme remains unresolved

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.

Health

Why housing isn't viable

Why housing isn't viable

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.

Blogs

A brave new world: Oil and architecture

A brave new world: Oil and architecture

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.

Blogs

Policy for zero, or zero policy?

Policy for zero, or zero policy?

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?

Blogs