World’s first passive house hospital planned

The world's first passive house hospital, by Wörner Traxler Richter Architects, is set to be built in Frankfurt. In conunction with this, the Passive House Institute has also published new research on applying the passive house standard to hospitals. 

Passive house for swimming pools?

The Passive House Institute has announced the results of monitoring of a passive-certified swimming facility in Lünen, Germany, and says its analysis shows that the "savings in terms of energy consumption, for heating as well as for electricity, are substantial compared with other swimming pools".

€300m annual energy saving potential for Irish businesses

SEI's head of strategy Brian MotherwayIreland’s small businesses could save €300 million a year through simple actions to reduce energy costs, Sustainable Energy Ireland has announced. This follows the completion of 1,500 small business energy assessments over the past two years, giving SEI the most comprehensive knowledge of the energy practices and challenges facing small businesses today.

Ireland's "first sustainable park" launched

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Fr Collins Park in Donaghmede, north Dublin - billed as Ireland's "first wholly sustainable park" by Dublin City Council - was opened yesterday by Lord Mayor Eibhlin Byrne.