Saint-Gobain Technical Academy has announced the launch of its new online academy, which the company says will “continue its commitment to equipping building professionals with key knowledge about the sustainable building agenda as well as the vital skills needed to deliver it”.
Bord Gáis has ceased offering home insulation products and boiler installations through its Home Team division due to a drop off in demand. The company will continue to offer boiler servicing and repair.
The move reflects the recent nationwide decline in home energy upgrades, a trend that is investigated in the new issue of Construct Ireland.
Less than a third of new Irish homes meet energy efficiency and carbon emissions regulations, according to new figures. The number of new homes meeting the rules has also declined dramatically since 2005, according to data released by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
Dr Brian Motherway has been appointed chief executive officer of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Motherway joined SEAI in 2006 and has recently held the role of chief operations officer. He holds bachelor and master's degrees in chemical engineering and a PhD in Sociology.
The government has launched a public consultation on its proposed new building control regulations. Environment minister Phil Hogan announced the new rules last year following the high profile failure of the Priory Hall development in Dublin to meet fire regulations, but details have just been released.
Fuel poverty has “come of age” in the last 3 years and great strides have been made in understanding the scale of the problem, Christine Liddell, professor of psychology at Ulster University, said in her keynote address to the Energy Action conference in Dublin Castle on Monday, 6 February.
Citing British research as an example, she stressed that any investment made in tackling fuel poverty would be recouped by the state.
The government's cuts to its Better Energy grants will cost jobs and
make it extremely difficult for Ireland to meet its retrofit and energy
reduction targets, green building magazine Construct Ireland has warned.
Following the budget, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
reduced grants for cavity wallinsulation from €320 to €350. Grants for
internal and external wall insulation were also reduced — previously
these were €2,000 and and €4,000 respectively, but now separate rates
have been introduced for different house types, with the maximum being
€1,800 for internal insulation and €3,600 for external.
Environmental groups have criticised the EU's new Energy Efficiency Directive for failing to mandate member states to make big energy savings over the next decade.
According to the European Commission, the plan will deliver 20% energy savings across the union by 2020. However, Friends of the Earth said the directive would "not make savings to the extent promised, or on the scale needed to fight climate change".
The government has published its draft national action plan on green
public procurement (GPP). Environment minister Phil Hogan said the plan,
when finalised later this year, will apply to all personnel involved in
procurement across the public sector.
The plan aims to ensure the government
purchases sustainable products and services in areas such as
construction, energy, food and transport.
The government is withdrawing grant support for heat pumps and biomass boilers and reducing grants for other energy efficiency upgrades as part of its new Better Energy national building upgrade programme. The government has allocated an additional €30m to the programme this year in addition to the €60m set aside in this year's budget. It expects the extra funding to support an additional 2,000 jobs in the retrofit sector in 2011.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has opened entries
for the eighth all-island Sustainable Energy Awards. Sponsored by ESB
Electric Ireland, the awards honour individuals and organisations that
"demonstrate excellence in sustainable energy practices".
The competition is open to private and public sector organisations of
all sizes throughout the island of Ireland.
The pioneering energy charity Energy Action is set to hold a two-day fuel poverty conference in Dublin Castle on 7-8 February.
“The introduction of the carbon tax on fuel costs in 2010 has
further exacerbated the health and monetary problems for the fuel poor,”
said Energy Action general manager Charles Roarty. “Due to low income
and possibly debt these households will not have the funds needed to pay
for retrofitting measures, even allowing for SEAI’s Home Energy Saving
Mankind can learn more about cutting energy consumption and carbon
emissions by studying insects than by engaging in a space-race approach
focused on high tech answers, leading Irish architect Seán Harrington
writes in the new issue of green building and upgrading magazine
Renewable energy in Ireland grew by an average of 15% per annum from
2005 to 2009 driven largely by a significant growth in wind energy of
28% per annum in that period, according to SEAI's latest Energy in
Ireland report. Last year also witnessed a steady trend towards lower
energy prices in Ireland for both domestic and business energy users.
Energy minister Eamon Ryan has said that formal preparations for a European electricity supergrid have begun.
In Brussels today, energy ministers from ten European countries signed
an agreement on the North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative, which
will aim to develop a supergrid in northern Europe, increase the
amount of renewable energy produced in the Europe's northern seas and
facilitate large scale offshore wind projects.
Energy Minister Eamon Ryan today announced new funding for renewable energy companies in Ireland.
The funding is part of a Europe-wide programme that will be managed jointly by
the European Commission, European Investment Bank and EU member states.
It will assist eight carbon capture and storage and 34 renewable energy projects in the EU.
The Building Life Consultancy and
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics are providing a two-day
Wufi Pro training workshop in Dublin on 14-15 December.
This is only
the third English language workshop of its kind to be offered in
Europe according to the Building Life Consultancy, and will train
members of the construction industry to use Fraunhofer’s Wufi Pro
software for hygrothermal (heat and moisture) simulations of building
US secretary for energy Dr Steven Chu will speak in Dublin this Friday, 5 November. He will speak at the Pathways to 2050 International Energy Conference, which will take place at the National Convention Centre, Dublin.
The deadline for submitting entries to the Isover Energy Efficiency Awards (EEA) has been extended until October 11.
The inaugural awards scheme is being targeted at building professionals
including architects, engineers, builders and developers, across
Ireland, who have worked on both new build and renovation projects with
very low energy demand.
The RIAI, in partnership with Joseph Little Architects, has announced
the launch of an intensive one day programme on home energy upgrades
designed specifically for architectural professionals. The course will
be delivered through lectures and workshops.
The Irish Architecture Foundation has announced the highlights of the
fifth annual Open House Dublin, which takes place from 7 to 11 October
2010. Over the weekend architecturally significant Dublin buildings will open their doors the public, with free tours
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced that
Ireland's renewable energy production is growing, and claimed that Ireland is
"one of the world’s leading countries in the use of wind energy for
A new coalition of Irish business leaders has issued an open letter
urging the government to leverage the State’s €17bn annual procurement
spend to develop the green economy.
The CEOs and managing directors of companies including Siemens Ireland,
Airtricity, Ecocem, Glen Dimplex and Bord Gais have signed up to Green
for Growth, a coalition calling for the state to commit to buying
greener goods and services to keep Ireland competitive domestically and
Green for Growth, a coalition of leading Irish businesses set up to
demand strong government leadership on green procurement, will be
launched tomorrow, Friday 14 May 2010 in The Annesley Suite, Alexander
Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 at 12pm. The coalition has been
organised by Construct Ireland magazine.