New retrofit finance available in Waterford

New retrofit finance available in Waterford

Leading low energy retrofit contractor Encon has teamed up with Waterford Credit Union to offer low interest loans to anyone thinking undertaking of a home energy upgrade, in a bid to help develop the retrofit market in the region.

Marketplace

Rebuilding Ireland mishap significantly inflating HAP figures

Rebuilding Ireland mishap significantly inflating HAP figures

Mark Twain popularised the saying “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics”. Mel Reynolds explains why Department of Housing statistics on HAP may be grossly inflating the state’s impact on tackling the housing crisis.

Blogs

Marketplace news

State-of-the-art heating test lab opens at GMIT

State-of-the-art heating test lab opens at GMIT

An international standard ‘E-Thermal’ environmental test facility designed to assist Irish SMEs in developing new sustainable heating products has formally been opened at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.

08-07-2019 Marketplace

Wicklow firm makes big noise in soundproofing

Wicklow firm makes big noise in soundproofing

An innovative Wicklow company is embracing the circular economy by manufacturing soundproofing boards from recycled materials.

08-07-2019 Marketplace

Daikin heat pumps chosen for major Dublin scheme

Daikin heat pumps chosen for major Dublin scheme

A luxury new development in an exclusive Dublin location will achieve nearly zero energy building (NZEB) standards with help from Daikin Altherma air-to-water heat pumps and a highly energy efficient building fabric.

03-07-2019 Marketplace

Beam Vacuum & Ventilation awarded three new ISO certs

Beam Vacuum & Ventilation awarded three new ISO certs

Beam Vacuum & Ventilation has announced that they have successfully achieved certification against the requirements of ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), and ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety), while also meeting the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) for contractors’ criteria.

03-07-2019 Marketplace

Sola Energy Solutions set for 50 deep retrofits this year

Sola Energy Solutions set for 50 deep retrofits this year

A 1960s cottage in Tipperary is one of the first projects to be deep retrofitted this year by Sola Energy Solutions under Tipperary Energy Agency’s popular SuperHomes scheme, which aims to make it easy for homeowners to undertake a deep energy upgrade by managing the entire retrofit process.

03-07-2019 Marketplace

Ecological brings Lime Green plasters to Ireland

Ecological brings Lime Green plasters to Ireland

Ecological Building Systems has announced a new partnership with Lime Green UK, the UK’s leading innovator in the field of lime-based plasters, renders and mortars.

03-07-2019 Marketplace

SMET screed boosts heating at Cork passive house

SMET screed boosts heating at Cork passive house

A liquid screed installed three years ago at a passive house in Cork City has been performing superbly, according to its architect, enabling the A1 rated home to be heated quickly and evenly via underfloor heating when required.

03-07-2019 Marketplace

ICF makes it easier to achieve NZEB – Amvic

ICF makes it easier to achieve NZEB – Amvic

The inherent properties of the Amvic ICF system make it easier for developers to meet energy efficiency, airtightness, noise and other regulations, according to the company’s Pat Martin.

03-07-2019 Marketplace

News and blogs

How will today’s buildings perform tomorrow?

How will today’s buildings perform tomorrow?

Richard Tibenham of Greenlite Energy Assessors says a case of two highly energy-inefficient and ‘hard-to-treat’ buildings, built in 2013, should serve as a warning to the whole construction sector.

Blogs

Secured by Design: crime prevention with CO2 co-benefits

Secured by Design: crime prevention with CO2 co-benefits

More than one million homes have been built around the UK to security standards required by Secured by Design (SBD), the UK’s national police crime prevention initiative, with significant reductions in crime and with considerable benefits to the environment. SBD senior development officer, Kenny McHugh, explains what SBD could offer to Ireland.

Blogs

Reflections on sustainable Nordic architecture

Reflections on sustainable Nordic architecture

It’s no coincidence that Nordic countries are some of the most advanced in the world when it comes to low energy design. In this article, three assistant professors of architecture at Aarhus School of Architecture discuss areas where we can learn from our Nordic neighbours — and where we might return the favour.

Blogs

Editor's letter: Issue 30

Editor's letter: Issue 30

Our editor Jeff Colley's editor's letter from issue 30 received some particularly lovely praise, with architect Steve Mardall reaching out to say: "Was moved to write to commend you on your editor’s letter in this issue 30. You’ve perfectly captured the essence of the totality of where we are as a planet and a race. And captured well that subtle consensus of denial and ‘othering’ it, that is a compelling force to fall in line with if one is not to be labelled as a righteous crank. Your words articulate some of my own not formally articulated thoughts, and offer me clarity...

Blogs

Mapping the efficiency of Europe’s buildings

Mapping the efficiency of Europe’s buildings

A new free-to-use online tool aims to map the energy performance of Europe’s buildings, with the goal of helping to stimulate large-scale deep retrofit, writes project manager Michael Hanratty.

Blogs

100 Irish households sought for indoor air quality study

100 Irish households sought for indoor air quality study

Researchers from the School of Physics at NUI Galway are seeking to recruit 100 households to measure indoor environmental air quality within Irish homes that have been built to be highly energy efficient, by deploying remote sensors within the homes.

Health

Marc O'Riain: The golden age of solar water heating

Marc O'Riain: The golden age of solar water heating

Renewable energy technologies are often regarded as new and innovative, but in some instances their roots predate the oil age and go back to the start of the industrial revolution. Dr Marc Ó’Riain finds important insights in past failures of early solar thermal systems.

Blogs

Housing ‘race to the bottom’ bad for climate & quality — energy expert

Housing ‘race to the bottom’ bad for climate & quality — energy expert

The pressure to build large volumes of additional housing in response to the housing crisis is driven by false logic and risks undermining both the quality of new homes and UK carbon targets, according to Richard Tibenham, lecturer in building physics at the University of Lincoln and director of Greenlite Energy Assessors.

Climate Change

Is procurement stifling natural building materials?

Is procurement stifling natural building materials?

Is the very nature of the way that construction products are bought and sold limiting the wider proliferation of natural and sustainable materials?

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 show summer performance

Passive houses open to show 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 — study

Passive homes may have lower radon levels — 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

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

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

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

'Achieving NZEB' event in Cork this Thursday

'Achieving NZEB' event in Cork this Thursday

Achieving NZEB, a one-day event that aims to make it easy for the building industry to understand how to achieve nearly zero energy building (NZEB) standards, will take place this Thursday, 30 May in Youghal, County Cork.

Events

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

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