nZEB and get your planning applications in ASAP!

We are approaching some very critical dates regarding the Building Regulations and particularly Part L (Conservation of Fuel & Energy); so this post explains what this means and what you need to be doing: What is nZEB? ‘Nearly Zero Energy Read More …

New service for house energy performance #ClimateEmergency

It is now essential that we address the current Climate Emergency. And one of the ways that you can do this in your house is by reducing the amount of energy lost through poor insulation and damp. In a similar Read More …

I will be a presenting a (short) paper at the 2018 #Passivhaus Conference in Munich

I received confirmation today that I will be a ‘Poster Presenter’ giving a short presentation at the 2018 International Passivhaus Conference in Munich next year. My paper/presentation & poster is on: “Designing with the vernacular in relation to planning & Read More …

The 3-room traditional Irish Cottage:What do do with it & new book from @marion_mcgarry

As the faithful reader will know we have a grá for the three-roomed, traditional Irish Cottage. We have done numerous restorations, refurbishments and extensions to this ubiquitious, traditional architectural form across Ireland. It was of great interest therefore that I Read More …

Tear sheet on proposed Mayo Passivhaus by Mark Stephens Architects…

We’ve added THIS TEAR SHEET on the proposed Passivhaus (Passive House) that has just been granted Planning Permission in County Mayo, Ireland. Mark Stephens Architects are appointed as Project Architects providing a full architectural service from inception to completion was Read More …

@Vectorworks #Energos 4 #Passivhaus #3 @ElrondBurrell @PatrickROsborne mentioned

This final post follows on from: Part 1 on Vectorworks Energos Passivhaus Part 2 on Vectorworks Energos Passivhaus This will serve as a few added points and a bit of a conclusion: I was speaking to Elrond Burrell following the Read More …

A cautionary tale of buying property in Ireland

Sometimes in this job you’re involved in a cracking tale. And this is such. I’ve got clearance from the person concerned for it’s go-ahead – names, counties and auctioneers omitted! • I’m approached via email enquiring on my interest on Read More …

Timing or Sequencing is the key to great construction #Passivhaus

“I say I say I say, what is the secret to great comedy” “I don’t know what is the secret to great…” “timing” The same applies in the construction world. The secret to great construction is timing. Or as it Read More …

Recession over in #Swinford,Co #Mayo;wonder who the architect is,ahem…@WesternPeople mentioned

Saw this in current Western People: The architect referred to in the piece by Marian Duggan is yours truly, opening very soon now…

Does Passivhaus meet the Building Regulations? @phplusmag @BRegsBlog mentioned

I contributed THIS OPINION PIECE to the BregsForum last year concerning Part L compliance of the Building Regulations. In it I said: “The only way numerically (currently) to assess conformance with Part L of the Building Regulations is via the Read More …