See The Light – Northern Passive House Conference 1

Thursday 24th September 2015

This is the Passive House Association of Ireland’s (PHAI) annual conference organised in partnership with CREST at South West College. This year PHAI will run two “See the light” conferences, one at CREST in Enniskillen and one in Cork on Friday 13th November 2015. The CREST event will be held in the recently completed CREST Passive Pavilion – a Passive House designed building and an exemplar of sustainable construction.

The event is expected to be of interest to key policy makers, architects, builders, developers and building services companies. In addition to the main conference, there will be free “taster” sessions in the morning aimed at people who are new to Passive House but want to find out more.

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Event details:  

Conference Program PDF




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Saint-Gobain Technical Academy Gets Practical about Passive

The 21st September 2015 sees the kick-off of World Green Building Week which aims to tell the story of how the construction industry is powering positive change around the globe. This year the Irish Green Building Council in conjunction with representatives from the construction industry will support Green Building Week by hosting a series of events from the 21st to 27th September 2015.

Saint-Gobain Technical Academy in Ireland will host a ‘Get Practical about Passive’ event on the 25th September 2015, which looks at sustainable building in practice. The event will see an array of expert speakers from the industry and will cover a series of topics such as cost effective and practical solutions for Passive Building.

To sign up today for ‘Get Practical about Passive’, please contact the Technical Academy on


Passive pioneers on the CREST of breakthrough

A major milestone was reached last week (Thursday 30th July) in the progression of the Passive House standard in Northern Ireland with the inaugural meeting of the Northern Passive House Chapter being held at CREST in Enniskillen.

Organised by South West College in association with the Passive House Association of Ireland, the Northern Passive House Chapter has been set up to facilitate networking amongst professional with an interest in Passive House, to share knowledge regarding the standard and to encourage its wider adoption in the region. It is one of three Chapters that have been set up on the island of Ireland with the other two being in Cork and Waterford. It is the first Chapter to have been set up in Northern Ireland and will serve the whole of the North including the border counties of Ireland. A group of 20 people attended the meeting including architects, builders, window suppliers and academics.

The Passive House standard has been embraced by a significant number of building professionals in Ireland and is on the cusp of being mainstreamed in some areas. For example, Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown Council is seeking to make the standard mandatory for all new dwellings. In Northern Ireland, adoption of the standard has been slower with a few notable exceptions among some pioneering architects and builders.


Willie Moffitt presenting the first Passive House dwelling to be built in Northern Ireland


Northern Chapter chairperson Paul McAlister said, “In recent times, Northern Ireland has been behind the Republic in terms of its adoption of high standards of energy efficiency and it is time to catch up”.

One of Northern Ireland’s ‘passive pioneers’, Willie Moffitt of Moffitt and Robinson Construction, gave an interesting presentation at the meeting regarding a house he built near Omagh which was the first Passive House certified dwelling to be built in Northern Ireland.

He said, “At first, I set out to build a house that was low energy concentrating on the building fabric and making sure it was very well insulated. During a visit to the site by Tomas O’Leary of MosArt, we realised that I’d only need to add some additional insulation and make minor modifications to the design to achieve the Passive House standard. I was taking a common sense approach to building a house using thermal bridge free materials, insulating it very well, making it airtight and ensuring ventilation was controlled and comfortable – and that in a nutshell is what the Passive House standard is all about.”

The heating costs of the house that Willie built are incredibly low. The main heating is provided using solar thermal panels which are usually used just for producing hot water. In this case Willie made adjustments to the system so that it would provide both space heating in addition to hot water. A wood burning stove is also used but such is the efficiency of the insulation, a single load of logs can provide heat for the house for a couple of days. Further heating comes from cooking, from the occupants and from the positioning and size of the windows which enable heat gains from the sun. No oil or gas is used for heating.

Future meetings of the Chapter will generally be held in the CREST Passive Pavilion which as the name suggests is itself a Passive House designed building. It was agreed that meetings will occasionally be held at other locations to make it easier for people to participate. Tim Stokes CREST Manager at South West College and secretary of the Chapter said, “We want to be inclusive to encourage people to join the Chapter and attend meetings so all will be welcome and we may hold meetings in other areas to enable people across the region to get involved”.

Dr Shane Colclough, Chairperson of the Passive House Association of Ireland who is leading research into Passive Housing at the University of Ulster said, “It’s great that we now have another Passive House Chapter set up on the island of Ireland. Interest in Passive House is growing exponentially and this bodes well for people who want to live in houses that are comfortable and cheap to run. Building professionals who adopt the standard will also benefit by establishing a reputation for quality”.

The next step on the journey for South West College, the Passive House Association of Ireland and the Northern Passive House Chapter will be the “Northern See the light Passive House Conference” to be held at CREST on 24th September 2015. This important conference is expected to attract architects, builders, academics and policy makers from across the region.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Northern Passive House Chapter or the conference should contact Tim Stokes on 028 6634 2301.

Northern Passive House Chapter Meeting

Thursday 30th July 2015

Crest Passive Pavilion, Technology And Skills Centre, Killyhevlin Industrial Estate, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, BT74 4EJ

The Northern Passive House chapter has been set up by crest at South West College and
PMC Architects in association with the Passive House Association of Ireland. The main aims of
The chapter are to provide a regionally-based forum for people interested in Passive House
Construction to enable networking, knowledge-sharing, and the organisation of events and

The first meeting will be held in the Crest Passive Pavilion at South West College’s Technology
and Skills Centre in Enniskillen and will feature a case study from Willie Moffitt from Moffitt &
Robinson Construction Ltd based in Omagh.

The event is open to all, but it is essential that you register first by contacting crest
On 028 6634 2301 or by email:

Event Details:

Chapter Meeting PDF