Ekaterina Tikhoniouk

I am a Communications and Project Coordinator at Codema, with a passion for sustainability, social media, communications, SEO and graphic design. I am also a freelance writer for Architecture Ireland online and Passive House Plus, and am passionate about research writing, particularly in the area of children's play and how it is affected by the built environment. My Masters dissertation was awarded Best Dissertation by the UCD School of Architecture and was Highly Commended (2nd place!) in the prestigious international President’s Medal award. I am also very passionate about mental health and activism, and have been involved with various causes and organisations throughout the past ten years. I was until recently involved with a creative mental health magazine, and volunteered with the youth organisations SpunOut and ReachOut. Originally from Belarus but having grown up in Ireland, I speak fluent Russian and English, as well as conversational Dutch and Polish, and beginners Spanish and German. I have also lived in the Netherlands and Poland. 

Home farm

While a tight budget meant some of the more ambitious eco features planned for this simple and graceful new farmhouse had to be dropped, it still manages to meet Ireland’s standard for nearly zero energy buildings (nZEBs) thanks to a combination of superb detailing and fabric-first design.

Ireland's new central bank hits nZEB & BREEAM outstanding eco rating

Rising from the shell of the stalled riverside headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank, Ireland’s financial regulator could be accused of insensitivity for choosing as its new home a site that became a toxic symbol of the banking crisis, but the building is not without virtue: it comfortably surpasses the proposed nearly zero energy building standard while achieving the onerous Breeam ‘Outstanding’ rating for sustainability.

Scottish isle eco cottages need no central heating

Two spectacular low energy social housing units looking out over Ulva Ferry’s breath-taking surroundings prove to be a superb response to local problems of fuel poverty and lack of affordable family housing.

BREEAM excellent building marries sustainability with world-class design

Although Ireland’s energy efficiency requirements for non-residential buildings fall far short of EU requirements, occasionally a progressive client will take matters into their own hands and push the envelope of sustainable design, such as Gas Networks Ireland’s award-winning Finglas offices.

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