Chairman’s Letter

Firstly, I would like to say that I’m delighted Dr Shane Colcloughto be appointed Chairman of the Passive House Association of Ireland and to have received such support from the Board of Directors. I greatly look forward to continuing the excellent work done by Martin Murray as he steps down from the role which he has held for the last three years. We all owe Martin a debt of gratitude for his success in establishing the organisation and putting it on such a firm footing.

As we now enter the next phase of the PHAI, I see the crucial element of the role as growing the organisation both in terms of members and influence in Ireland.

The engagement and participation of architects with the Passive House movement has always been very strong and the success of the Passive House Association of Ireland owes a great debt to the community of architects in Ireland. As a Chartered Engineer, I hope to complement this with the increased engagement of engineers and will endeavour to forge a closer relationship with the engineering community and industry at large.

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Site Visit: PassivHaus Pharmacy and Apartment


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Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Saturday, 26th July 2014 | 53 O’Connell Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary | 11:00 Sharp to 13:00 | Poster | More images and info

The visit will consist of a tour by Paul McNally architect and certified PassivHaus designer, and Barry O’Gorman, main contractor. This is a unique opportunity to see one of Ireland’s few certified Passivhaus commercial buildings one week before re-occupation by the client’s business.

Booking: Admission is free, however as numbers are limited booking is required. Please bring own site safety gear.

Contact: Paul McNally at | Website

Cut our demand for energy, rather than increasing supply through wind

irish-times-windOpinion: Policy swaps one energy dependency for another

By David Hughes, Mon, May 12, 2014 in The Irish Times

As the UN’s premier scientific panel warned again recently about the risks of climate change, we need to find solutions that benefit the consumer and business – as well as the environment – in order to make real progress on this issue.

A recent protest march to Leinster House against proposed pylon and wind farm projects should encourage us to examine alternatives, including a win-win sustainable solution for climate change and energy security.

Read the full article on the Irish Times website while it is still live!

Designers and Architects Gear Up for the Future of Construction

passive-house-single-family-home-1040pxNumber of certified Passive House experts globally reaches 4,000 mark
(Press Release, Passive House Institute, 10 June 2014)

Darmstadt, Germany. With the growing importance of energy efficient construction, the need for relevant expert knowledge is also increasing, which is the reason why designers and architects around the world are equipping themselves with the necessary expertise. The number of certified experts for Passive House design has now reached the 4,000 mark. Last Friday, examinations were given in more than 30 countries across Europe and North America as well as in South Korea and New Zealand. A total of 400 specialists proved their expertise relating to future-oriented construction and refurbishment during seminars dealing with subjects ranging from the thermal protection of the building envelope to the correct use of mechanical systems technology.

“Never before have experts with such proficiency in the field of energy efficient construction been in such great demand “, remarked Wolfgang Hasper of the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt. “At the same time, building owners are also looking for proof of exactly this kind of expertise when awarding contracts”. Introduced in 2007 for the first time, the “Certified Passive House Designer” qualification is now well-established internationally. It is proof that the competence of the certificate holder has been tested by an independent institute. For building owners and residents, this provides significantly increased security in terms of ensuring that buildings called a Passive Houses also comply with the Passive House Standard.

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Passive House Briefing Waterford Institute of Technology

Passive_House_Briefings_WITThursday 18th Sept 2014
Registration Commences at 17:30
Auditorium, Waterford Institute of Technology
Main Campus, Cork Road, Waterford

The programme (see full programme in PDF) includes:

•  The Building Envelope and Avoidance of Thermal Bridging
•  Achieving Air Tightness Successfully
•  Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems
•  and a case study on a new passive house dwelling

Call for Academic Papers for See the Light 2014

The Passive House Association of Ireland is delighted to announce a call for academic papers related to Passive Houses. The papers can range from technical analysis, e.g. on hygrothermal analysis, the application of solar thermal in conjunction with the passivhaus standard, etc., and also dissemination of successful passivhaus projects. In addition, papers are especially welcome on the conference theme of:

2030: Achieving Intelligent Energy Balance.
Read more on the See the Light 2014 Conference website.


Nearly Zero Energy Buildings – Open Doors Ireland – Seeks Exhibitors

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NZEB – Open Doors Ireland is seeking exhibitors for the 7-9 Nov 2014 event.

If you are building or have designed or live or work in a low energy building, Energy Action Limited would be delighted if you would consider participating in the second Irish Nearly Zero Energy Buildings – Open Doors event.

During the weekend of the 7th – 9th November 2014, owners of low energy houses and public/ commercial buildings around the country will open their doors for this event. We hope to attract many visitors interested in either building a low energy project or upgrading their house or work environment to a nearly zero energy standard. Last year, over 800 people visited more than 60 houses and public buildings during the NZEB Open Doors weekend.

So, if you would like to participate by opening your doors and inspiring others, please contact: Michael Hanratty,, phone: 01 4548300,

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