Martin Giannini

The PHAI are saddened at the recent untimely passing of Martin Giannini.

Through his excellent work on the website and online media he has been instrumental in the development of the PHAI community.  We wish to express our condolences to his partner Goska and to his family and friends.

A charity donation has made in memory of Martin – Rest in Peace.


International Passive House Conference 2015 in Leipzig

Solar-Store-Presenation1Another successful International Passive House conference was held in Leipzig on 17th & 18th April 2015.

One of the main themes to come across at the conference was the reduced costs of building to Passive House standard now compared with the past – due to the reduction in the cost of Passive House components.

Also highlighted was the clear role that Passive House can play in achieving Nearly Zero Energy Buildings across Europe.

It was great to see that the PHAI community was represented by Tomas O Leary who presented on the EuroPHit project, Shane Colclough, presented on the performance of the seasonal energy store installation in Galway and Coillte presented their new airtight OSB product.

This year’s Pioneer Award, which recognizes the trailblazers of energy efficient construction, went to Canada. Harold Orr and his collaborators on the Saskatchewan Conservation House project were recognized. Through their studies 40 years ago they already realised that efficiency is the key to sustainable construction.


Review of the Passive House Briefing in Dundalk

Dundalk Briefing Speakers 2 400pxThe Passive House Briefing in Dundalk Institute of Technology on 11 March 2015 was a great success with around 90 attendees at the event.

Colin Doran, Dept of Construction and Surveying, welcomed everyone to the college and introduced the various speakers.

Dr Shane Colclough (presentation in PDF), chair of the PHAI, presented an overview of Passive House in Ireland.

The remaining presentations covered a variety of topics, with Darren Sweeney (presentation in PDF) of Dimplex Renewables outlining heat pumps and their application.

Niall Crosson (presentation in PDF) of Ecological Building Systems explained the importance of airtightness on site. He also outlined some very enlightening examples of how things can go wrong on site if the correct procedures are not followed or the correct materials are not used.

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