Ireland's climate action plan: just business as usual?

Ireland's climate action plan: just business as usual?

The government's new climate action plan does not show the level of committment needed to really reduce Ireland's carbon emissions, says Irish Green Building Council CEO Pat Barry. 

Blogs

Stunning Cork passive house heads list of Isover award winners

Stunning Cork passive house heads list of Isover award winners

Simply Architecture, and their new build residential project ‘The Fairways’ in Cork, has been named the winner of the 2019 Overall ISOVER Award, as well as being named Designer of the Year 2019, at the third ISOVER Awards.

Events

Marketplace news

Passive Purple excels in airtightness challenge

Passive Purple excels in airtightness challenge

The application of Passive Purple Liquid airtight membrane to a dilapidated test building has demonstrated the product’s remarkable ability to air seal even the leakiest structures.

21-06-2019 Marketplace

GreenTEG launches cloud-based insulation monitor

GreenTEG launches cloud-based insulation monitor

GreenTEG AG has launched the gO Measurement System (gOMS) for wireless, cloud-based U-value, temperature, and humidity measurements.

21-06-2019 Marketplace

Lamilux smoke vent rooflights suitable for passive house

Lamilux smoke vent rooflights suitable for passive house

Alongside its portfolio of passive house certified skylights and roof glazing (phA advanced components) Lamilux has extended its product range to include Smoke Vent AOVs (automatic opening vents).

21-06-2019 Marketplace

Achieving NZEB event in Cork hears of embodied carbon plans

Achieving NZEB event in Cork hears of embodied carbon plans

The Department of Housing is planning to introduce a policy on embodied carbon into building regulations, an event in Cork heard.

18-06-2019 Marketplace

MVHR myths still persist — CVC Direct

MVHR myths still persist — CVC Direct

Leading mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) supplier CVC Direct believes that despite the growing popularity of MVHR, there are still many misconceptions about the technology among both general consumers and the building sector.

18-06-2019 Marketplace

10 million tonnes of carbon saved by low carbon cement — Ecocem

10 million tonnes of carbon saved by low carbon cement — Ecocem

Ecocem, the leading producer of ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS), a low carbon alternative to traditional cement, says use of its product has saved 10 million tonnes of carbon emissions since the company began operating in 2002.

05-04-2019 Marketplace

Be ready for air testing of non-domestic buildings

Be ready for air testing of non-domestic buildings

Leading Irish energy & airtightness consultancy Greenbuild has advised the building industry to be prepared for the new requirement, as of January of this year, to test new non-domestic buildings for airtightness on completion.

05-04-2019 Marketplace

Green Building Store publishes radical retrofit briefing

Green Building Store publishes radical retrofit briefing

Green Building Store has published a free technical briefing on its award-winning radical retrofit of a traditional Pennine farmhouse & barn in West Yorkshire, which developed innovative solutions for hard-to treat buildings with solid walls.

05-04-2019 Marketplace

News and blogs

Cuckoos & magpies: state house-buying hits record

Cuckoos & magpies: state house-buying hits record

Recent headlines suggest first time buyers are being pushed out of the housing market by ‘non-household’ buyers, so-called ‘cuckoo’ funds. Official figures suggest that private companies are not the only competition in the new homes market – there may be a ‘magpie’ out there also.

Blogs

Blind & shutter group calls for Part B changes

Blind & shutter group calls for Part B changes

The British Blind & Shutter Association (BBSA) has challenged what it described as the defacto banning of shading on tall glass buildings in Part B of the building regulations, and is seeking a judicial review on several points, principally that the regulation is misconceived as it focusses on combustibility rather than flammability

Government

Passive houses open to experience summer performance

Passive houses open to experience summer performance

From 28 – 30 June 2019, the mid-year International Passive House Open Days, organised by iPHA and its affiliates, will take place in the UK.

Events

Passive homes may have lower radon levels — new study

Passive homes may have lower radon levels — new study

Initial findings into radon levels in 75 certified passive house buildings in Ireland and the UK shows that there is a 60% reduction when compared against the Irish national average.

Health

Bicester centre is UK’s first nondomestic passive house ‘plus’

Bicester centre is UK’s first nondomestic passive house ‘plus’

Creating 125 modern workspaces, a new £4m cornerstone development is the latest addition to North West Bicester’s pioneering.

Projects

The Jodrell Bank grand challenge

The Jodrell Bank grand challenge

During a speech last year Theresa May challenged the construction industry to halve the energy use of new buildings, and to halve the cost of retrofit. But we already know how to meet these challenges, writes Peter Rickaby, and much more difficult tasks lie ahead.

Blogs

Double talk: a brief history of insulated glazing

Double talk: a brief history of insulated glazing

In his latest column on the history of low energy building in the 20th century, Dr Marc Ó Riain charts the surprisingly fascinating history of double glazing.

Blogs

New study to examine NZEB performance

New study to examine NZEB performance

A new research project at UCD will aim to uncover key early lessons from the design and operation of nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs) in Ireland. The NZEB standard will become mandatory in Ireland for dwellings from November.

General

Phase one complete at UK’s largest passive scheme

Phase one complete at UK’s largest passive scheme

The first phase of Agar Grove, the UK’s largest passive house development, has now been completed for the London Borough of Camden. Hawkins\Brown acted as lead architect on the project, while Architype acted as passive house delivery architect for the first phase of the scheme, which provides 38 homes that are all socially rented to existing estate tenants.

Projects

New housing should be to passive house standard — Climate Change Committee

New housing should be to passive house standard — Climate Change Committee

The UK’s official climate change advisor has called on the government to tighten energy efficiency standards for new housing to bring them down, or close to, passive house standard.

Climate Change

Imperial War Museums archive breaks airtightness record

Imperial War Museums archive breaks airtightness record

A state-of-the-art archive building in Cambridgeshire, which has been built to house Imperial War Museums’ (IWM) rich paper collection, has registered the best airtightness test result ever recorded in the UK – and perhaps, the world.

Design Approaches

Isover launch 2019 Isover Awards

Isover launch 2019 Isover Awards

Isover has announced the launch of the 2019 Isover Awards. Following on from their previous incarnation, the Isover Energy Efficiency Awards, the new Isover Awards will be open to both contractors and architects/specification professionals, and seek to celebrate excellence in energy efficient building and design.

Events

Internet of Things dominates ISH 2019

Internet of Things dominates ISH 2019

Today is the last day of ISH, the bi-annual exhibition for the combined topic of water and energy, which is on at the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt. Titled as ISH, it is the world’s leading trade fair for a range of associated topics, materials and services.

Blogs

Snøhetta architect to speak at Green Room 2019

Snøhetta architect to speak at Green Room 2019

The Green Room, the Irish Green Building Council’s annual non-residential sustainable building gathering, takes place this year on 10 April in the Davenport Hotel, Dublin.

Events

Reaching for the first rung

Reaching for the first rung

Why is it so difficult to get on the property ladder now compared to 20 years ago? After all, interest rates are lower and house prices are still below where they were in 2007. Architect Mel Reynolds runs through the figures.

Blogs

New research raises spray foam health questions

New research raises spray foam health questions

New studies are seeking to answer questions about how spray foam insulation, and materials containing formaldehyde, affect indoor air quality —and some of the early results are worrying.

Blogs

Daylight, embodied carbon & more: advances in the AECB PHribbon software

Daylight, embodied carbon & more: advances in the AECB PHribbon software

Tim Martel of Optimal Retrofit describes recent advances in PHribbon, an Excel tool designed to improve the functionality of the passive house design software PHPP.

Blogs

Wales votes to cut emissions 80%

Wales votes to cut emissions 80%

The Welsh assembly has voted through new legally-binding carbon emissions targets for the country. The targets bind the country to reduce emissions by 80%, relative to 1990 levels, by 2050.

Climate Change

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

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