Monolith ensures traditional finish on new ICF project

When looking at new technologies and projects, developers and self-builders might assume that if you’re building with ‘new’ methods such as ICF, SIPS, timber frame and steel frame that you can’t achieve a traditional facade.

Kingspan & Nulok launched insulated roof system

Long-term partners Kingspan Insulated Panels and Nulok have combined their innovative pitched slate and tile roofing systems to create a slim, versatile solution that offers the benefits of insulated panels with the aesthetic appeal of traditional vernacular roof finishes, all in an easy to install package.

Saint-Gobain ‘Build Better’ roadshow continues

Saint-Gobain Ireland announced that its Build Better Roadshow would travel to the Clayton Hotel in Galway on 25 June, with trips to Waterford and Limerick following in October and November. This follows the success of the first two Build Better Roadshows which took place in Belfast and Cork during April and May.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Westmeath NZEB scheme opens its doors

The first phase of development is now complete at Clog Na Léinn, a new scheme of A1-rated ‘zero energy’ homes in Collinstown, Co Westmeath. Developed and built by NJ Doyne and designed by architect Louis Peppard, the first 13 houses are now finished, with the first residents moving in just as Passive House Plus went to print.

Ecological scoop hat-trick of awards at Archi Expo

Ecological Building Systems scooped three awards at the recent Architecture & Building Expo held in the RDS, Dublin. This event brings together the country’s leading architects, architectural technologists, industry professionals and specifiers.

Keystone’s Hi-therm+ Lintel receives BBA cert

Keystone Lintels has received certification from the British Board of Agrément (BBA) for its Hi-therm+ Lintel. According to the company, this makes it the only BBA approved one-piece lintel solution which achieves the appendix R value for steel lintels in Part L 2013 (depending on wall construction).

Viessmann launch new ultraquiet air source heat pumps

Viessmann has introduced two new air source heat pumps, the Vitocal 200-A and Vitocal 222-A, which boast innovative noise-reduction technology. Both operate so quietly that they are suitable for densely built-up areas such as terraced housing estates, and both deliver high energy efficiency with low operating costs, according to Viessmann.

Understanding enthalpy heat exchanges for MVHR

Leading ventilation supplier CVC Direct has advised anyone specifying an MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) system to understand the basics of relative humidity and consider their own local climate before choosing a system with an enthalpy heat exchanger.