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Pat CoxPat Cox Calls for Action on Building Standards

Former EU President Pat Cox has called for Irish policymakers to accept houses built to the high quality German “Passive House” standard as complying with the building regulations. In his address to over 200 attendees at the “See the Light” low-energy buildings conference, he said:

The time has come in Ireland for passive house standards to move from the margins to the mainstream, for building policy and its energy efficiency to become more active by becoming more passive.

The matter essentially is one of Irish policy makers waking up and then taking up the value for money advantages of passive house standards so evident to an increasing range of cities and states throughout the world.

This is not a call to replace either SEAI’s Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) or the European Energy Performance Building Directive (EPBD). It is rather a proposition to formally recognise the passive house standard as compliant with Part L of the Irish Building Regulations. I do not believe that there is any serious legal impediment to doing so.”

Delegates at the conference (which included participants from Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden , Switzerland and the UK) signed the petition to:

“Let the Passive House standard be accepted in Ireland as a national building standard”.

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Component Award Announced for Windows in the Context of Refurbishments

siegel_component_award_2015_180Winners to be presented at International Passive House Conference 2015 in Leipzig

Press Release, Passive House Institute, 12 November 2014

Darmstadt, Germany. Replacing the windows in a building can improve its energy efficiency significantly, but since refurbishment work is often carried out in a step-by-step manner, flexible approaches are required. In order to acknowledge particularly suitable products, the Passive House Institute is announcing the Component Award for the second year. This time the focus will be on windows which provide good results both during the transitional period without façade insulation as well as after completion of the refurbishment. The winners will be presented at the International Passive House Conference, which will be held from 17 – 18 April 2015 in Leipzig.

The Component Award 2015 will primarily assess the cost efficiency of Passive House windows within the context of building refurbishment; in doing so, the purchase costs will be measured against the potential savings. The competition jury will also consider the aspects of practicability, innovation and aesthetics. Manufacturers registering for participation will receive the plans of an installation situation with specifications of the window geometry, and will then be required to submit an offer.

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International Passive House Days

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The Passive House Days event in Ireland is organised by the Passive House Association of Ireland in association with the Open Doors initiative. An overview of all projects participating in this event can be found online at

As part of this event, join us for a Passive House Tour to include visits to examples of Passive Houses and NZEB properties on Saturday 8 November. The tour will start at 10am at the Roebuck Hall Residence at UCD (map) and will continue on to two Passive House homes in the South Dublin area. The tour will last about three to four hours in total and spaces are limited so please book early.  To book your place on the tour, please contact us here.