#Passivhaus is all about comfort : empirical as well as theoretical analysis (inspired by @MarkSiddallRIBA)

When designing and building a Passivhaus we use the PHPP software from The Passive House Institute. The goal is for the design and resulting construction to meet the Passivhaus criteria. The house below is nearing construction in County Mayo where 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 …

@Vectorworks #Energos Review for #Passivhaus #SketchUp #DesignPH Design Pt2

Vectorworks, Energos & Design PH – Part 2 Following on from THIS POST on Vectorworks, Energos & Passivhaus, as promised here’s a little more information on the functions and a comparison to Sketchup DesignPH… Design PH (http://www.designph.org/) is a 3D Read More …

@Vectorworks #Energos Review for #Passivhaus #Passive #House Design Pt1

VectorWorks Energos – Passivhaus Plenty of #’s in this title! I’ve been using the new Energos energy analysis commands in Vectorworks for a little while now and thought I’d share my thoughts. I’m probably one of a select number who Read More …

My highlights of 2014 No. 2 Finally a Passivhaus Designer

After many years of thinking about doing it, doing courses leading up to it (PHPP) and heaps of CPD I finally took and passed the ‘rigourous’ Certified European Passivhaus Consultant/Designer course & exam. Although technically the course & exam was Read More …

Qualifications + experience + CPD = better buildings

I popped up my professional qualifications and accreditations on the home page yesterday (also below): But what do the qualifications really mean? It means I take my work and training seriously; the Accreditations take the form of Continuing Practice Development Read More …

Now's the time to start thinking of getting an architect…(ahem)

I wrote THIS POST last January on the statistics of enquiries I receive over the year and it peaks it January. If you look at the graph people are starting to look at getting work done either for a new 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 …

I wrote this post about exams ages ago [UPDATE] #passivhaus #conservation

I wrote this POST on exams & taking tests ages ago and since then I’ve taken and passed two big exams: RIAI Conservation Accreditation (Grade III) and Certified Passivhaus Designer (and Consultant) And in the light of these exams and Read More …

I am actually a Certified Passivhaus DESIGNER!

The saga of my Passivhaus exam certification continues… To recap; I PASSED THE PASSIVHAUS EXAM! But, there’s been an error in classification, I previously showed the ‘Consultant’ logo in this POST but in fact I’m actually a Passivhaus ‘Designer’ due Read More …