Off grid in the middle of nowhere

With all of the talk  about zero-carbon housing, the Guardian reports on one project that has resulted in an off-grid house.
Impressive as the results may be considered by some, it's probably rather too extreme for most people:
 Life on the most northerly inhabited island in Britain can be very tough indeed. On Unst the winters are harsh, and the winds brutal and relentless, regularly sweeping across the treeless landscape at more than 100mph. But Unst is the island chosen by a retired couple from Wiltshire to build one of the world's greenest houses - a "zero carbon" home powered entirely by the wind and the sun. It sits on the same latitude as southern Greenland, but will soon boast lemon trees, grapevines and green pepper plants in its greenhouse, an electric car powered by the wind, and floors heated by drawing warmth from the air.

Oil prices peak again

Now over US$127 per barrel 

As if we weren't bored hearing about oil prices, BBC News Online is reporting that the commodity is now over US$127 a barrel, an all-time high.

Oil prices have hit a record high above $127 a barrel on speculation that China will

Half of Irish building firms not working

Half of Ireland's construction companies have stopped building houses while they attempt to offload existing properties.

A report published today by Merrion Capital said that the current housing oversupply will take more than twelve months to clear up.

"The overall conclusion

Ireland could become renewable leader

Opportunity for massive growth in green energy sector reports that, "2,000 megawatts of electricity could be generated by the development of offshore wind farms in Ireland, with a saving of €236m every year in carbon offset costs."

Ireland on the road to recovery

But not in the fast lane

Construction down but finances up in Ireland of the future.

 The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has announced that the Irish economy could grow by 3.75 per cent annually over the next decade.


A report from the government-founded think tank says that, despite significant short-term problems, the economy

Energy costs to rise sharply

Prices for gas in the south and coal in the north both heading north

Heating bills are set to soar later this year after Bord Gáis confirmed it was seeking to increase prices by almost a fifth.

Next month the company will ask the Commission for Energy Regulation to allow an increase in consumer prices of up to nineteen

Is there anybody out there?

We're just journalists but…

 …now we're blogging.

As you can doubtlessly see, the Construct Ireland site has had a major revamp. Apart from the smart new design one new feature is the daily(ish) blog. Obviously we want your

Existing house energy upgrade reveals shockingly leaky structure

In the absence of a methodology for air testing existing buildings coming from SEI, Brian Rochford of Colin Galavan & Associates Architects used the existing DEAP software for new homes to model the energy performance of his own home. Brian is a registered BER assessor, and used the software to test the various options he was considering to upgrade his house incrementally.

McCain calls for carbon cap

Right-wing swing to environmentalism


US senator and presidential candidate John McCain has called for mandatory caps on carbon emissions and is demanding that America reduces its emissions by, "at least 60 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050."

The moves comes as the race for the White House in 2008 hots up.

As reported yesterday, McCain, has been expected to distance

News round-up: 13 May, 2008

Nuclear power for Ireland, the greening of Croker and falling construction.

Ireland should go nuclear in order to ensure energy security. So says William Nuttall from Cambridge University.

Speaking last night at the RDS in Dublin, during a talk called 'Nuclear Energy - why is it on the agenda?', Dr. Nuttall

Energy prices set to rise

Gas and electricity prices are due to rise sharply in the next year.

Barry O'Halloran at the Irish Times reports consumers will face rising energy costs as a result of increased wholesale costs to suppliers including ESB and Bord Gá

Green gaff go-ahead in Britain

Homes of the future should generate the vast majority of the energy they use, but a small amount of near-site or off-site renewable generation

British green grants fall

The number of government grants made to people in Britain who want install renewable energy systems to their homes has halved, reports the BBC. The fall comes after the low carbon buildings programme cut the maximum grant on offer from £7,500 to £2,500.
Figures seen by the BBC show that in 2007, 2,339 grants