Photos 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
National 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.
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.
Training is available for Job Seekers in ‘Passive Housing and Sustainable Energy Technology through timber frame construction’.
This training is aimed at people in the labour market who have a trade and or a higher certificate in the areas of construction or facilities engineering.
The programme is funded by the European Commission. See this PDF for details.
>> The 18th annual Passive House Conference
Aachen, Germany: Friday – Saturday 25 – 26 April 2014
>> PHAI See the Light 2014 Conference
Dublin: Thursday 16 October 2014 | University College Dublin
Here is an extract of the Keynote speech by Wolfgang Feist at the See the Light Conference 2013. The full seminar can be viewed in the recently launched Members Only area.
The Passive House Association of Ireland (PHAI) held this year’s annual Irish Passive House Conference, “See The Light”, on Friday 25 October 2013 at DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology).