New Years Resolution : More commercial work. @paulmknally mentioned

Over the last year there were a couple of non-residential, commercial projects that I thought “Yes, I could have done that one”. In much the same way that an actor sees the roles that he could have done better [than Read More …

MarkStephensArchitects.com 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at Read More …

90,000 houses in Ireland required by 2021 to Passivhaus standard? Is there work for me? @Damien_English mentioned

The recent ESRI report HERE forecasts that Ireland will need 90,000 new homes by 2021 and recently in the Nzeb conference last week Minister Damien English called for the passive house standard to be introduced in housing (link to BRegs Read More …

Architects can do more than just the pretty bit…

The writing was on the wall prior to the implementation of the Building Regulation Amendments under S.I.No.9 of 2014 but since April 1st it looks as if the situation will increase… The situation being my appointment for the design and Read More …

3 opinion posts for @BRegsBlog on who should be 'Designer' & Assigned Certifier

Below are the three opinion posts I recently wrote for the BRegsBlog on ‘Who should be Designers and Assigned Certifiers?’: 1. Who Should be Designer & Assigned Certifier? – Architectural Technologists? 2. Who Should be Designer & Assigned Certifier? – Read More …

Assigned Certifiers to keep record of all materials used on site, mentioning @bregsforum

Following up from a post on the BRegsForum on this topic I am currently working on my first tender issue under S.I.No.9 of 2014 and analysing how I’m going to approach this problem… I thought I’d first print out each Read More …

TeachPassiv.com is launched. New #Passivhaus website

Welcome to a new website dedicated to Passivhaus design, construction and methodology combined with architectural excellence from Mark Stephens Architects. CLICK HERE FOR WWW.TEACHPASSIV.COM Why TeachPassiv.com ? Teach: Verb (English) 1. To impart knowledge of or skill in; give instruction Read More …

Advice note on S.I. No.9 of 2014 for Clients, Builders, Suppliers & Certifiers

With just over a week to go before SI. No.9 of 2014 kicks in (March 1st); below is an ‘Advice Note’ I am giving to clients, builders, suppliers & ancillary certifiers to ease the transition. I’ve also included this sheet Read More …

Slideshow update on almost (sorry) Passivhaus in County Mayo, my last self-build?

Here’s a few photos from site visit at weekend (team meeting on percolation area) on the low-carbon new house in County Mayo. Features include: • Design to Mayo Rural House Design Guidelines • Very high levels of insulation & airtightness Read More …

SI No.9 – the saga continues #BRegsReform

Following on from my first post on what is now SI No.9 (I wonder if the Dept are John Lennon fans?). I was speaking to a colleague yesterday and a few additional, important points need to be made: 1. For Read More …