Update on this new #Mayo #House with Trevor McDonnell Kitchen

I wrote THIS POST a short while back on one of our rural, Mayo house designs that reached completion stage. The slideshow below are a few more additional photographs from Trevor McDonnell Kitchens that shows their exceptional craftsmanship that beautifully Read More …

Our method of working changes (again) – Design and Planning ONLY!

The beauty of being a small business is that you are able to change direction in the way that you are working ‘on a sixpence’. I wrote THIS POST in October of last year where we were restricting the number Read More …

What is #Conservation ? The Neues Museum #Berlin

The faithful readers and Instagram followers may have spotted that I was in Berlin recently (half of the week was in Berlin but had to cut the trip short when the Passivhaus conference in the other half was moved (again) Read More …

Planning just about to go in on this #Mayo #Contemporary #Cottage #Extension

I seem to have ended up being the ‘go-to guy’ for Irish Cottages, refurbishment, restoration & extension. This project calls into that category. It’s in County Mayo and features a contemporary extension at the rear using ‘agricultural’ materials to respect Read More …

The importance of Post Occupancy Evaluation #POE #CaseStudy #Passivhaus

This post follows on from these: The 1st County Mayo House added to Passive House Database Why materials are important & embodied carbon calculations Using DesignPH as part of the Passivhaus methodology The reason that these posts (and this one) Read More …

Calling all #Architecture Students, lecturers & architects of Ireland… @CURRENT_IRELAND #LectureSeries #TODAY!

The title has it for Architecture Students of Ireland but it is equally as important to lecturers, architects, practices… In fact you could attend from anywhere in world! (I’m regularly now in New York virtually for SketchUp tutorials). So, each Read More …

Delivered presentation at #24intPHC International Passivhaus Conference on nZEB, Passivhaus & Certification in Ireland

Well I think my presentation yesterday ‘Mind the gap: nZEB and Pas­siv­haus: An Ir­ish per­spec­ti­ve’ at the 24th International Passive House Conference went OK. Originally planned for Berlin (was really looking forward to returning to the city where we had Read More …

New works complete on this #Thatch #Cottage #Extension – restoration of existing next #Mayo

Popped by an ongoing project for an extension to a thatched cottage in County Mayo last week (first visit in a while due to Covid & lockdown). The new works are complete and now being lived in whilst the existing Read More …

Covid-19 Work & business update

I hope that you’re all staying safe & well. Quick post on getting back to work and current business methods… Well we’ve been back for a while now; more or less fully with a few tweaks to how we are Read More …

Excellent #Passivhaus infographics on the benefits of a Passive House from @the_iPHA cc @phaireland

As a long time extoller of the Passive House standard and methodology (and a Certified European Passive House Designer/Consultant) the following infographics from the International Passive House Association are excellent and communicate the benefits of building and living in a Read More …