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Passive house turns 30

Passive house turns 30

The passive house standard is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. The world’s first passive houses were built in Darmstadt, Germany in 1991.

General

Thermal breaks webinar - watch online

Thermal breaks webinar - watch online

On June 8, 2021 Passive House Plus, in association with Farrat, chaired a hugely informative roundtable on thermal breaks. If you missed it, the video can now be viewed online.

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Free thermal breaks webinar: architectural expression vs building physics

Free thermal breaks webinar: architectural expression vs building physics

Passive House Plus is excited to announce that we are hosting our first ever online event, 'Thermal breaks: freedom of architectural expression vs building physics', next Tuesday 8 June at 11am (UK/Ireland time). The webinar is free to attend, and boasts an amazing lineup of speakers.

Events

Munster Joinery publishes first Irish window EPD

Munster Joinery publishes first Irish window EPD

Munster Joinery has published the first environmental product declaration (EPD) for a window under the Irish EPD system.

Marketplace

Ecocem gets €22m investment from Bill Gates's climate fund

Ecocem gets €22m investment from Bill Gates's climate fund

Irish low carbon cement company Ecocem has announced €22.5 million in equity investment from Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) and Breakthrough Energy Ventures-Europe (BEV-E), venture capital funds that are part Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy coalition, which seeks to accelerate the global drive towards net zero carbon emissions. 

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Women in engineering group launched

Women in engineering group launched

Engineers Ireland has announced the launch of a new Women in Engineering group.

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#BuildingLife: Addressing the environmental impacts of buildings across their life cycle

#BuildingLife: Addressing the environmental impacts of buildings across their life cycle

In the first of our new #BuildingLife ambassador spotlight series, Passive House Plus is profiling leaders who have endorsed the Irish Green Building Council’s call to address the environmental impacts of buildings across their life cycle, starting with Francis-Noel Duffy TD for Dublin South West and Green Party’s spokesperson on housing.

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Green loan rate for new HPI-certified housing

Green loan rate for new HPI-certified housing

Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI) has launched a new green loan product offering a discount of up to 0.5 per cent on loans to home builders for developments certified with the Irish Green Building Council's Home Performance Index.

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Government announces €45m for social housing retrofit

Government announces €45m for social housing retrofit

The government has announced a new €45 million programme of investment in the retrofifit of local authority housing. This includes an initial investment of €35m for the retrofitting of 1,293 homes, plus an additional €10m to be allocated to local authorities who demonstrate an ability to complete additional works this year.

Government

TU Dublin launches timber technology degree

TU Dublin launches timber technology degree

Technological University Dublin has announced the launch of a new four-year degree programme in sustainable timber technology.

General

Poorly ventilated retrofits can double radon retrofit risk, study finds

Poorly ventilated retrofits can double radon retrofit risk, study finds

Residential retrofits must ensure ventilation is carefully considered in order to avoid an increase in radon gas levels, researchers at NUI Galway in Ireland have found.

Health

NZEB market update

NZEB market update

Heat pumps rise, PV falls and fabric stands still.

NZEBs

Marketplace news

Heat pump range driving growth for Grant

Heat pump range driving growth for Grant

For over 40 years, Grant Engineering has operated at the forefront of the heating industry in Ireland through its design and manufacture of innovative heating solutions.

25-07-2021 Marketplace

Krinner ground screws come to Ireland

Krinner ground screws come to Ireland

Leading Irish heating supplier Unipipe is now supplying Krinner ground screws to the Irish market through its subsidiary company, Ground Screws Ireland.

25-07-2021 Marketplace

Forbo joins World Green Building Council corporate advisory board

Forbo joins World Green Building Council corporate advisory board

Forbo Flooring Systems has joined the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) corporate advisory board.

13-07-2021 Marketplace

Partel launches new Euroclass A2 fire-rated vapour control system

Partel launches new Euroclass A2 fire-rated vapour control system

Partel’s newly launched Euroclass A2 Izoperm Plus vapour control system, designed for internal applications in energy efficient buildings, has become the first fire-rated solution in this class developed in Ireland.

13-07-2021 Marketplace

Blogs

Measuring humidity, the old school way

Measuring humidity, the old school way

A chance purchase on eBay leads buildings physics expert Toby Cambray to admire the aesthetics and mechanics of old scientific instruments.

Blogs

Shooting the moon

Shooting the moon

The concept of building back better and greener, popular early in the pandemic, is now in danger of being abandoned in the rush to return to ‘normal’ — but we always have the power to shape what normal is, writes Dr Peter Rickaby.

Blogs

1970s Arkansas & Illinois prototypes: progress towards passive house

1970s Arkansas & Illinois prototypes: progress towards passive house

In his latest column, Dr Marc O’Riain looks back at two American prototypes for the passive house standard that embraced heat pump technology as well as principles of superinsulation and airtightness.

Blogs

Is Enerphit the key to decarbonising existing homes?

Is Enerphit the key to decarbonising existing homes?

With increasing attention turning to cutting carbon emissions from existing homes to meet carbon reduction targets, Duncan Smith, housing asset and energy strategy manager at Renfrewshire County Council in Scotland, argues that approaches which improve comfort and dramatically reduce energy bills must be front and centre.

Blogs

Planning for passive

Planning for passive

It’s time to make the passive house standard a requirement of local development plans across Ireland, says Mel Reynolds.

Blogs

Do your walls behave like a Jaffa Cake?

Do your walls behave like a Jaffa Cake?

Toby Cambray writes on the many lessons that the inimitable biscuit cake can teach us about how building materials deal with moisture.

Blogs

Is affordable housing a policy blind spot?

Is affordable housing a policy blind spot?

Dublin City Council built just 45 social housing units in 2019. In his latest column, Mel Reynolds analyses the state’s surprising reluctance to build its own homes.

Blogs

The condensation myth

The condensation myth

Condensation within the structure of buildings is a lot more complex than condensation in a sweaty pub on a Friday night, writes building physics expert Toby Cambray.

Blogs

Will we really build back better?

Will we really build back better?

As governments rush to jump-start their economies, there is a danger that important lessons for how to retrofit homes will be lost in the rush to build. But there is a better way, writes Dr Peter Rickaby.

Blogs

The world’s first ‘zero energy’ house

The world’s first ‘zero energy’ house

Returning to his regular series on the evolution of sustainable building during the 20th century, Dr Marc Ó Riain takes a look at the first serious attempt to build a house with net zero energy use.

Blogs

The science of filters

The science of filters

How do ventilation filters work, and can they help to protect us against Covid-19? Toby Cambray weighs in on the physics of a subject that is more complex and interesting than you might expect.

Blogs

Are we the virus?

Are we the virus?

Taking a temporary detour from his series of columns on the history of sustainable building and renewable energy, Dr Marc Ó Riain takes a look at Covid-19 from the perspective of Gaia theory, and at the relationship between collapsing ecosystems and the emergence of new infectious diseases.

Blogs

The PH+ guides

The PH+ guide to overheating

The PH+ guide to overheating

As awareness of the urgency of the climate crisis grows, efforts to kickstart en masse deep energy efficiency interventions are gathering apace. But poorly conceived low energy building efforts can lead to unintended consequences including overheating – a risk that’s bound to grow as the world warms up. Phi Architecture co-founder Claire Jamieson details the risks and offers some solutions on how to create low energy buildings that are comfortable in summer and winter.

09-04-2021 Guides

The PH+ guide to greener concrete - reducing the climate impact of cement and concrete in buildings

The PH+ guide to greener concrete - reducing the climate impact of cement and concrete in buildings

Cement is responsible for up to 8% of global carbon emissions, and in this guide, sustainable design expert Jay Stuart looks at ways to minimise its environmental impact through good design, and at some of the alternative, lower carbon cement and concrete products on the market.

30-07-2020 Guides

The PH+ guide to external insulation

The PH+ guide to external insulation

In the first in a new series of technical articles on some of the key technologies in sustainable building, John Hearne makes the case for wrapping buildings in an external insulation layer, and describes some of the main issues to watch out for.

07-02-2018 Guides

Timber frame & mass timber: the Passive House Plus guide to structural timber construction

Timber frame & mass timber: the Passive House Plus guide to structural timber construction

Fuelled by the need to build quickly and to increasingly tight sustainability standards, the market for timber frame and mass timber construction is growing rapidly. This detailed guide covers many of the main established and emerging techniques, and looks at key issues to address if you’re considering a timber-based build.

05-07-2019 Guides

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