Mark Stephens Accredited in ‘Environmental’ services by the RIAI (@paulmknally mentioned)


Mark Stephens is now RIAI Accredited in ‘Environmental’ services.

In addition to the core competencies as defined in the RIAI Standard of Knowledge Skill and Competence for an Architect; an architect with RIAI Environmental CPD Accreditation can provide advice on (information from

Sustainable Fundamentals:

• Site selection and orientation
• Passive solar design
• Airtightness and ventilation
• Indoor Air Quality: Pollutants
• Material selection
• Thermal Comfort
• Heat Transfer
• Thermal Mass in Buildings
• Sustainable Insulation Materials
• Primary and Embodied Energy
• Energy Conservation and Renewable


• Water and Waste
• Legislation and Compliance

Renewable Technologies:

• Biomass
• Heat Pumps
• Solar Thermal
• Solar Photovoltaic
• Wind
• Micro-Hydro

Finance and Payback:

• Conceptual framework for energy-efficient retrofits
• Cost analysis energy-efficient retrofits and optimising payback to clients
• Grants available

Legislation, Compliance and Best Practice:

• The concepts behind key issues for compliance with TGD L 2011
• Introduction to Acceptable Construction Details
• Low Thermal Bridge Design
• DEAP as Design Tool
• Awareness of compliant and best practice ways of building for a specific range of construction types, both new build and retrofit
• Airtightness in old buildings and the regulations
• Understanding which insulations suit which refurbishment
• The relationship between airtightness and air quality, different systems, critique of Part F
• Introduction to DC-MEV
• Basic sizing of boilers & MVHR, heating controls & troubleshooting

I am now part of a select group of RIAI architects (I think there are at present only 4) with this Accreditation; of which Paul McNally is another; for details of his accreditation CLICK HERE

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