South West College’s new Erne Campus building in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, is the world’s largest, and the first educational building, to be certified to the passive house premium standard, the Passive House Institute has confirmed.
A detailed analysis of the embodied carbon of six common build types has indicated that dwellings built with business-as-usual build specs of cavity wall construction and strip foundations may be able to meet the revised embodied carbon targets for dwellings in RIBA’s 2030 Climate Challenge.
Leading heating technology manufacturer
Grant will be supporting Ulster University
and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive
(NIHE) in their RULET – Rural-Led Energy
Transition – initiative, aimed at reducing
or eliminating the risk of low-income
households being left behind in the transition
to clean, smart, integrated energy systems.
The School of Architecture from Lancaster University and Ecological Building Systems UK formed a partnership in 2021 to award the best eco-design produced by first year students of the BA (Hons) Architecture at the university.
Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) systems are an efficient way of providing the necessary ventilation with very few heat losses for airtight dwellings. However, MVHR systems can also be used for space heating or back up heating.
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.
Soprema is turning workwear into sustainable insulation with
its launch of Pavatextil P, a versatile material made from recycled
cotton and denim, and with “superb thermal performance and
A Proctor Group (APG) have stressed
the importance of taking account of
the HAMM (heat, air, moisture movement)
principles when designing buildings, taking
account of the effect of insulation type and
placement along with the…
A big part of a comfortable household is having good indoor air quality and a
comfortable air temperature. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR)
is an efficient way of providing the necessary…
Calsitherm and Redstone, two of the largest
providers of calcium silicate based interior insulation
and mould prevention products, have joined
forces, with the Paderborn-based family business
Calsitherm taking a majority stake in Bremen-based
Building life cycle assessment (LCA) experts Bionova have advised
architects, developers and contractors to be aware of their LCA
obligations under the Greater London Authority’s new London Plan,
which came into effect on…
Viessmann has launched a new ventilation solution
to combat the spread of Covid-19 in schools. The
company’s new hybrid ventilation unit, the Vitovent 200-P,
provides closed rooms with constant air circulation of filtered
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.
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.
The Green Homes Grant scheme failed because politicians failed to heed more than a decade of lessons about how to do retrofit well, writes Dr Peter Rickaby, and now there will be an even bigger hill to climb.
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.
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.
Heat recovery ventilation is an invaluable way to maintain indoor air quality in low energy buildings and minimise the loss of precious heat, but there are several issues to address to ensure optimal performance. Ventilation expert Ian Mawditt, a technical advisor on Part F of England’s building regulations, has decades of experience in field investigations of indoor air quality and ventilation effectiveness. His guide, which focuses on centralised or ducted whole house heat recovery systems, is essential reading to anyone considering such a system.
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.
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.
As demand for super-insulated and airtight building structures grows, insulating concrete formwork (ICF) is rapidly gaining popularity as a method of construction. But what exactly is ICF, what are its key advantages, and why is it so well suited to passive house and low energy construction?