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 See the Light 2015 – 13th Nov – Cork Institute of Technology

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The See the Light Conference 2015, held in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), successfully followed through with this year’s strategy of regionally relevant conferences. With a cross-section of attendees from industry, academia and local authorities, the regional strategy resulted in more new members attending this year.

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PHAI Passive House Tour 2015


As part of the NZEB Open Doors and the Passive House Open Days weekend, the Passive House Association of Ireland (PHAI) have organised a tour to visit 2 properties on Saturday 14th Nov.

The tour will start with a visit to the CIT Zero 2020 building at 11am and the 2nd location is a residential property at Carrigaline. Parking will be available at CIT and transport will be provided for travel to Carrigaline and back to CIT. It is expected that the tour will be complete around 2pm.

Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

Please contact to book your place.


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CIT Zero 2020/ Passive House Tour

The ZERO2020/ Passive House Tour will combine a visit to the Zero2020 building the Cork IT campus and to a Passive House in Carrigaline. It will start at 11am on Saturday 14th Nov at the CIT building.B Block is part of the original 1974 concrete buildings on the Campus. The aim of the Zero2020 project was to demonstrate the feasibility of retrofitting part of one of Cork IT’s original buildings into a near zero energy building. The original CIT buildings are un-insulated and single glazed. They have high U-values, high infiltration rates, a high primary energy demand and suffer from large internal temperature swings. The retrofitted areas have U-values up to 30 times better than the original building , structural air tightness 8 times better, an estimated 60% reduction in primary energy demand and stable internal air temperatures. The retrofit solution is scalable for the rest of the building, can be achieved without dislocation of staff or students and is suitable for similar grid optimised concrete buildings.

Category:  Low Energy Building (>45 kWh/m2/annum)

Property Address:

Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown. Co. Cork


Property 2

Co. Cork (Carrigaline)


This 234m2 4 bedroom family home was the first certified passive house in the region – certified in 2011. The building envelope, featuring Insulated Concrete Formwork and Timber frame achieves excellent U-values and airtightness result. The house also features Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery, solar water heating and rainwater harvesting. This dwelling does not have a conventional heating system. The house is heated principally by solar gain, heat from appliances and occupants and MVHR. This house has proven itself through some extreme weather conditions and continues to maintain comfort levels 5 years on!

Category:  Certified Passive House Building


Dún Laoghaire Rathdown has adopted the Passive House standard

Dear PHAI member,

Many months of hard work has finally come to a successful conclusion with the decision by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council  on Tuesday night to require the passive house standard for all new build in the county in their 2016 to 2022 Development Plan.

This is an excellent result for the people of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and the Passive House industry in Ireland.

Our task was made all the more difficult due to the joint letter from the Minister of Environment, Community & Local Government and the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment with Special Responsibility for Housing, Planning and Coordination of the Construction 2020 Strategy,  Paudie Coffey which directed the councils to not go beyond minimum building standards in their six year development plans.  

In addition, the CEO of DLR asked for the removal of any reference to the passive house standard from the Development Plan.

On Tuesday night, in a motion proposed by councillor Marie Baker (FG), the councilors voted 26 to 13 to adopt the Passive House standard for all buildings in their six year development plan 2016 to 2020. 

My understanding is that it would now take a Ministerial order to prevent the Passive House standard from being adopted in the DLR area.

The decision highlights the power we have in the Passive House community to shape the future of the construction industry in Ireland given that we have the power of truth behind us due to the significant building science and evidence led approach inherent in the Passive House standard.

I would like to thank the board and in particular Jeff Colley for their hard work in achieving this milestone. Without a concerted team effort this simply would not have been possible.


Yours sincerely,

Dr. Shane Colclough

Chairman, Passive House Association of Ireland