Existing house energy upgrade reveals shockingly leaky structure

In the absence of a methodology for air testing existing buildings coming from SEI, Brian Rochford of Colin Galavan & Associates Architects used the existing DEAP software for new homes to model the energy performance of his own home. Brian is a registered BER assessor, and used the software to test the various options he was considering to upgrade his house incrementally.

McCain calls for carbon cap

Right-wing swing to environmentalism

 

US senator and presidential candidate John McCain has called for mandatory caps on carbon emissions and is demanding that America reduces its emissions by, "at least 60 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050."

The moves comes as the race for the White House in 2008 hots up.

As reported yesterday, McCain, has been expected to distance

News round-up: 13 May, 2008

Nuclear power for Ireland, the greening of Croker and falling construction.

Ireland should go nuclear in order to ensure energy security. So says William Nuttall from Cambridge University.

Speaking last night at the RDS in Dublin, during a talk called 'Nuclear Energy - why is it on the agenda?', Dr. Nuttall

Energy prices set to rise

Gas and electricity prices are due to rise sharply in the next year.

Barry O'Halloran at the Irish Times reports consumers will face rising energy costs as a result of increased wholesale costs to suppliers including ESB and Bord Gá

Green gaff go-ahead in Britain

Homes of the future should generate the vast majority of the energy they use, but a small amount of near-site or off-site renewable generation

British green grants fall

The number of government grants made to people in Britain who want install renewable energy systems to their homes has halved, reports the BBC. The fall comes after the low carbon buildings programme cut the maximum grant on offer from £7,500 to £2,500.
Figures seen by the BBC show that in 2007, 2,339 grants

Gallery of selected EcoBuild exhibitors

A broad range of sustainable building and renewable energy product suppliers are exhibiting at the EcoBuild section of the Spring House and Garden Show running this weekend. A sneak preview of their stands follows. Anyone interested in attending the show, which runs from Friday till Sunday at the RDS Simmonscourt in Dublin, should visit

Construct Ireland at Spring House & Garden show

Construct Ireland and Easca have a strong presence at this year's Spring House & Garden show in the RDS, and we'll be blogging live from our stand all weekend.

If you're visiting the show drop by our stand in the Ecobuild section where you can meet the team, and we can try and help you with any queries you might have.

Welcome to the new Construct Ireland website

Welcome to the new and improved Construct Ireland website. The new site includes some substantial progress, ranging from an archive of past articles, to a detailed calendar of events, an updated version of our sustainable building jobs section, to this blogs feature. It's our intention to use the blog and news section to keep you up to date with breaking stories related to sustainable