Mark Stephens and Mark Stephens Architects are RIAI Accredited as Individual & Practice in Environmental Services


Following the Courses/CPD I have taken on Low Carbon Refurbishments, Passive House (Certified European Passive House Designer) and Renewable Technologies (and passing exam), Mark Stephens is now RIAI Accredited in ‘Environmental’ services and Mark Stephens Architects is an RIAI Practice Accredited in ‘Environmental’ services in accordance with the certificates received today (below):



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:

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. Therefore if you are requiring an architect with knowledge and experience in the areas of sustainable design/building, Low Carbon and Passivhaus (Passive House) design/methodology and construction or the specification/implementation of renewable technologies then please do not hesitate to CONTACT US…

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