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 …

Site photos update (work in progress)

Below is a gallery of ‘Work in progress’ site photos of a 2 & 1 storey house extension currently under construction in County Mayo where we are providing full architectural services from design to completion plus ‘Designer’ and Assigned Certifier 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 …

I am now a Certified Passive House (Passivhaus) Designer / Consultant

After a long wait I’ve finally heard that I passed the Certified Passive House Consultant/Designer Exam. I’ll do a longer post on the exam at a later date; need less to say it was one of the most grueling exams Read More …

Tear Sheet on recently completed Mayo rural house (very close to Passivhaus, sorry PH guys)

Below is a ‘Tear Sheet’ on one of our recently completed rural Mayo houses that’s very close to Passivhaus standard (sorry). Again this is a self-build that can’t be built after March 1st this year; the attention to detail by Read More …

Mark Stephens Architects are Assigned Certifiers under S.I.No. 9 of 2014

Mark Stephens Architects are Assigned Certifiers under S.I.No. 9 of 2014 I thought I’d use this post to set out my stall: • Yes, I will be an Assigned Certifier under S.I No.9 of 2014 (as well as ‘Designer’ under Read More …

Passivhaus, the conversation continues (Part 2)…

Following on from the Reply to Piers Taylor’s post on Passivhaus to his original post on Passivhaus and his response today there’s been an incredible amount of feedback both through the blogs and through Twitter and this post takes my Read More …

Passivhaus – Is it the Future? a reply to @Piers_Taylor

Occasionally I do a reply to a blog post with a blog post and this is one such occasion. The response is following on from the post by Piers Taylor on Passivhaus: ‘Passivhaus – Is it the Future?’. The post Read More …