Ireland’s first nZEB training centre set for Wexford

A delegation of world leaders in sustainable building and energy visited Wexford early on 10 May to discuss plans to locate Ireland’s first nearly zero energy building (nZEB) training centre near Enniscorthy.

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The delegation included Scott Foster of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, leading academics in the fields of low energy building and engineering, and representatives of Wexford County Council and the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Resource Agency (nZEBRA).

With a site for the proposed development now secured and funding for the project understood to be already in place, the hope is that the proposed training centre will be up and running prior to nZEB becoming the mandatory standard for all new buildings from the beginning of 2021.

The delegation also visit Ireland’s first passive house certified / nZEB social housing project at The Moyne, Enniscorthy, which has been constructed by Michael Bennett and Sons for Wexford County Council.

Before heading for Wexford, Tomas O’Leary and Andy Lundberg of nZEBRA, along with the rest of the delegation, met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other government representatives at government buildings. A specialist education and consulting firm, nZEBRA was established to help the Irish construction sector prepare for the next phase of sustainable construction in Ireland.

For more information see www.nzebra.ie.

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