Ireland and the European Investment Bank (EIB) today reached an agreement that paves the way for government-backed, low-interest home energy upgrade loans. The agreement marks a major milestone in the development of the loan scheme which will be underpinned by resources from the EIB Group.
The Irish government has been called on to overhaul VAT structure in order to incentivise reuse and refurbishment, by construction industry body The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), who say urgent action is needed to reduce the number of Ireland’s buildings being demolished if the country is to meet net zero targets.
The real estate industry faces a ‘triple threat’ of climate related issues unless it takes action now, a senior sustainability expert has warned.
The week of live and online events will show how to accelerate our transition to a more sustainable and resource efficient built environment
A pioneering co-housing scheme, a cube-shaped self build, a cork and polyester- insulated retrofit to a 1970s house, a glulam timber school, and a curved college building were the winners at the 2023 UK Passivhaus Awards.
Construct Innovate, the University of Galway- hosted national research centre for construction technology and innovation, has announced Technological University Dublin as a new academic member and thirty-five companies as the first associate members.
The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC)
has launched a new Community of Practice
(CoP) on biodiversity and the built environment.
Seán Balfe, director of NSAI Agrément, has been suspended, Passive House Plus understands.
A new European project focussed on
accelerating the roll-out of certified green
homes – including the development of green
mortgages, loans and development finance – has
The United Nations is pushing for a rapid drive to make the world’s buildings sustainable
– aided by an international coalition centred in the Wexford town of Enniscorthy.
Ireland is to participate in a pioneering European initiative aiming to boost the availability of quality building whole life carbon data, a critical step towards full decarbonisation.
Simon Jones reviews new book exploring the Grenfell tragedy.
Scotland’s minister for zero carbon
buildings is proposing to make the passive
house standard, or a new Scottish equivalent,
the minimum energy efficiency standard for
new build homes from the end of 2024.
Over the past two years Passive
House Plus editor Jeff Colley has
been moonlighting as co-host of Zero
Ambitions, a weekly podcast that wrestles
with the challenge of how to deliver the
scale and ambition of decarbonisation
and sustainability in buildings required
to avoid a hellish future.
The World Green Building Council
(WorldGBC) has launched a set
of principles aimed at guiding national
governments to develop effective building
policies and programmes to accelerate a
In the first of planned quarterly
updates on the government funded
SEAI grant schemes, Environment
minister Eamonn Ryan and the
Sustainable Energy Authority of
Ireland (SEAI) have announced
that almost 27,200 energy upgrades
were completed in 2022, up 80 per
cent on 2021, while applications are
up 140 per cent.
The potential of the passive house standard to change the world isn’t restricted to tackling climate change – it’s about social justice too.
Changes include embodied carbon, zero emission buildings and minimum energy standards