See the Light 2013 Conference
The Passive House Association of Ireland (PHAI) held this year’s annual Irish Passive House Conference, “See The Light”, on Friday 25 October 2013 at DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology).
The conference was a great success, with delegates, exhibitors and organisers all agreeing that the event generated a lot of positivity. A very informative day of talks from a strong line-up of national and international speakers culminated in the keynote address by Prof. Wolfgang Feist founder of the Passive House Institute.
This was followed by the panel discussion with Pat Cox former E.U. President and Prof. Brian Norton, President of DIT and chaired by Frank McDonald, environment editor of the Irish Times.
Key messages from the event include:
- There is general buy-in from all in the construction sector for change as evidenced by the variety of attendees at the conference.
- The benefits of linking our conference to an academic setting makes the conference unique in the Irish calendar of events. The great strides that DIT is making to ensure that education is addressing the skills shortages was in evidence during the conference.
- Non domestic Passive House has come of age in Ireland, e.g. Irish distillers, Clonmel pharmacy, Tesco, etc.
- The presence of Prof Wolfgang Feist and other members of the iPHA was extremely valuable for the national representative body.
- The benefits of having delegates to the European project meeting (EuroPHit) attend for part of the conference provided a European flavour to the event.
For further details see: http://www.phai.ie/
Ecological Building Systems Warmly Welcomes PHAI
The PHAI are delighted to welcome Ecological Building Systems as a founder member of the association. Over the past decade, Ecological Building Systems has developed a complete range of environmental building solutions to meet the needs of energy efficient, low carbon builders.
On Thursday 27 June 2013, the company hosted the PHAI Briefing at their Centre of Knowledge in Athboy, Co Meath. Video highlights from the event:
March 21st 2013 – Fifth Passive House Briefing attracts over 50 people to the University of Ulster.
The University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, (a founding member of the Passivehouse Association of Ireland), hosted a well-attended Passive House Briefing on Thursday evening last 21st March.
The University which is ranked fourth in the UK in regard to Sustainable Technologies and Research was also showcasing its own ”˜state of the art’ Passive House Test Studio, which includes a solar array that can replicate all types of solar conditions for research purposes. The Campus also includes the largest wall mounted PV array in the UK and two purpose built terraced houses to facilitate energy research and modelling of retrofit solutions.
The speakers and topics covered a wide variety of pertinent issues ranging from a current domestic project (reflecting passive house costs running at a very reasonable c. 8% extra compared to a standard SAP 2009 Building Regulatory House) to the real issues pertinent to low energy refurbishment (ventilation) to Thermal Bridging analysis (usually underestimated) to the latest research initiatives currently in the College dealing with Passive House and Solar Array Energy Collection and Storage (Dublin was recorded as the best capital in Europe to benefit from solar fraction gains within low energy design).
Feedback on the event has been very positive. As reported by one of the attendees, John Humes of Povall Worthington Architects: “A brief note of thanks and praise for a superb seminar on Thursday evening. I have attended a number of similar events over the years – on this occasion I came away further inspired.”
The speakers included Paul McAlister Architect, Mark Gribbin of Setanta Construction, Peter Keig of Eco Energy (NI) and Dr Shane Colclough of the University. Thanks to Professor Neil Hewitt and Dr Shane Colclough for organising and sponsoring the event and the PHAI look forward to an on-going, useful and beneficial relationship with the University in the years ahead.
Passive House Open Days: 9-11 Nov 2012
There were six official open houses, covering a broad geographical spread of the country. Some participants opened for one day, others for all 3 days.
Reports indicate that there was a high level of interest with most hosts entertaining between 10 and 20 visitors. Many of the visitors were prospective self-builders who were interested in learning more about Passive House principles, and in some cases the specifics of certain aspects of the project e.g. heat recovery ventilation, windows etc.
Other visitors to the open houses included a mixture of architects, engineers and students.
Celebrating 10 Years of Passive House in Ireland!
The Passive House Association of Ireland (PHAI) hosted the recent Passive House Briefing event in FAS Finglas. Our short video of the event provides highlights from the excellent presentations, clips of the tour of the Passive House Training Lab and of course the group photo with the celebration cake! These PHAI Briefings are an excellent opportunity to learn out about recent achievements, future plans and of course networking within the Passive House community.