Passive House Award 2014: Finalists Confirmed

another-finalistWinners will be announced at the Passive House Conference in Aachen

Darmstadt, Germany. The finalists of the Passive House Award 2014 have again proved that world-class architecture and the Passive House Standard complement each other perfectly. An international jury made the final selection from approximately one hundred submissions. The winners in a total of six categories will be announced on 25 April in Aachen, Germany, at the 2014 International Passive House Conference. A list of all finalists can now be viewed on

The jury selected seven buildings in the category Office and Special Use Buildings: the RHW.2 Passive House high rise in Vienna (ARGE Atelier Hayde / Architektur Maurer & Partner); the Natural Heritage Centre on the German island of Rügen (Architekt Stöger); an artist studio in Long Island, New York (Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects); an extension of the Maximilianeum in Munich (Léon Wohlhage Wernik); the Syd Energi headquarters in the Danish city of Esbjerg (GPP Arkitekter A/S); the Kunstmuseum in German historical town of Ravensburg (Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei Architekten); and the Correctional Centre in Korneuburg, Austria (Arge Dieter Mathoi Architekten & DIN A4 Architektur).

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Passive Buildings and Active Occupants: In Pursuit of Zero Carbon Living

Martin-Murray--Shane-Colclough-&-Vivienne-BrophyPhotos and Review of the Feb 2014 PHAI Briefing at UCD

At the Passive House Briefing in UCD on Thursday 13th February 2014 the panel of speakers reflected a span of knowledge and experience from academia to industry.  Following the welcome address by Vivienne Brophy (UCD Energy Research Group), a number of interesting messages and themes arose from the presentations and follow-up discussion.

  • In our quest to meet the 2020 targets a change of focus is required to reduce energy demand vs the need to increase energy supply. This attitude-change would have a significant effect on the stated objectives of our proposed new electrical grid, and questions its validity. Continue reading

Roadmap to Achieving Ireland’s ’20:20:20′

Energy-Roadmap-Briefing-Document-1National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) target and EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) 2030 and 2050 targets in one go.

Dublin Castle – 22 January 2014

In many ways the biggest challenge for all these projects is finance. Currently there is widespread opposition to Grid 25 and future planned wind farms. This opposition, together with the EED’s new focus on reduction of demand, presents a politically opportune context to reassess the investment being made in increasing electrical supply and to redirect it to funding the reduction in demand needed for the EED 2030/2050 targets and in so doing achieve all of Ireland’s NREAP targets as well.

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The Hughes Energy Initiative

Saving Ireland Billions via Deep Building Retrofits.

The EU has rightly stated that the energy that buildings consume represents the greatest potential for saving energy. In its Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) it has set two targets for energy reduction in buildings – 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

In absolute terms the new EED will reduce the 40% of all energy that buildings consume to 24% by 2030 and 8% by 2050. These are substantial reductions and while nobody would argue with the intent behind this initiative, the ‘elephant in the room’ of course is how are we going to pay for this? However in Ireland we may have an opportunity which has come from perhaps an unlikely quarter, namely the controversy over Pylons and Industrial Scale Wind Farms.

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