Tear sheet on recently completed (uncertified) Co. Mayo Passive & nZEB (certified) House now online

Following on from the publication of our recently completed new house near Castlebar, Co. Mayo in Passive House + Magazine – you can access it HERE for free; we’ve finally got round to adding the house to the PROJECTS section Read More …

@Vectorworks #Energos #DesignSummit #Passivhaus Presentation by YT now live!

Following the regrettable postponement of the Vectorworks Design Summit in San Diego this year (where I was scheduled to speak on the Passivhaus design tools – Energos) (You can read more about the scheduled presentation HERE). The decision was made Read More …

Vectorworks Design Summit – POSTPONED

POSTPONED – MORE INFORMATION ON OUR COVID-19 POLICY TO FOLLOW Life is strange. After running the most successful Vectorworks training company and consultancy in the UK, and then setting up an architectural practice (still using Vectorworks) in the West of Read More …

Heat Loss Form Factor and #Mayo #Rural #Houses

I wrote THIS POST yesterday that explained that a more ‘simpler’ form will result in a building that is less expensive to heat. I also presented a paper & poster at the Passivhaus Conference in Munich in 2018 where I Read More …

Mark Stephens speaking at @Vectorworks #DesignSummit on #Energos #Passivhaus #ClimateEmergency #ArchitectsDeclare

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking at the Vectorworks Design Summit next year on using Vectorworks Energos software to facilitate low energy Passivhaus designs to fight the climate emergency. If you are a Vectorworks user (or interested in Read More …

We also undertake #Commercial #Projects

Although we are mostly known for our residential projects; we so undertake some commercial work. Below is an example of one of our local commercial projects where we provided design work on the fit-out of an ‘Intreo’ office; this included Read More …

#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 …

A full year completed lecturing @itsligo #Architecture

Barring some marking; all of my lectures and design studio work have been completed for a year lecturing in Architecture at IT Sligo. You can read more about the new Architecture course (currently undergoing RIAI Accreditation) HERE. I also wrote Read More …

#BIM isn’t just Revit #CaseStudy #Vectorworks

We’re working on an interesting but difficult project at the moment that has really tested our BIM resources. Below is an outline of the process to where we are now: Step 1: Software: VectorWorks & ArchiCAD Our in-house software is Read More …

How does an architect communicate a design to a client in another country? #ArchitalksIE

As a regular contributor to the worldwide ‘Blogging Architect’ group #ArchiTalks; we have extended the concept as a separate Irish group of blogging architects with the hashtag #ArchTalksIE This first post is on the theme of ‘How does an architect Read More …