International Passive House Days – 2013
The International Passive House Days, took place this year from 8th – 10th November. Marking the 10th anniversary of this event, owners of Passive House buildings opened their homes and offices to the public, to share their experiences.
In Ireland, as in some other countries, the event overlapped with a similar Nearly Zero Energy building open days event. Over 650 people visited 60 different properties of which 10 were certified Passive House buildings. Visitors to the properties included members of the public and trade professionals, who were extremely interested in finding out about the Passive House standard and the benefits of living/working in such a low energy, comfortable and healthy environment.
Dates for your diary:
Next year’s International Passive House Days will take place from 7 – 9 November 2014.
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).
The conference was a great success, with delegates, exhibitors and organisers all agreeing that the event generated a lot of positivity. A very informative day of talks from a strong line-up of national and international speakers culminated in the keynote address by Prof Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute. This was followed by a panel discussion with Pat Cox, former E.U. President and Prof Brian Norton, President of DIT and chaired by Frank McDonald, environment editor of the Irish Times.
Key messages from the event and photos follow: Read more…
DIT Launches ‘Construction Innovation Lab’
A new initiative aimed at promoting construction innovation is to be established in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Bolton Street. The ‘Construction Innovation Lab’ (CIL) is a student led initiative that has been set up in response to the need for relevant research and development for the Irish built environment. The primary function of the lab is to align postgraduate research students with industry to solve the problems identified by their commercial partners.
Call for Abstracts for Academic Stream
The PHAI are delighted to welcome Prof Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute, as keynote speaker at this year’s annual Irish Passive House Conference, “See The Light”.
This is a fantastic opportunity, as Prof Feist is leading Passive House (PH) research in Innsbruck University and rarely visits Ireland, to meet with the PH community here.
The event will take place on Friday, 25 October 2013 in the Dublin Institute of Technology on Bolton Street.
There is an excellent opportunity for the PHAI to run a specific academic stream for papers on the topic of passive house/low energy buildings research which is being carried out in Ireland.
To this end, half page abstracts are sought by the first week in September to enable the committee select topics for presentation. The call for abstracts is now closed.
Ecological Building Systems
The PHAI are delighted to welcome Ecological Building Systems as a founder member of the association. Over the past decade, Ecological Building Systems has developed a complete range of environmental building solutions to meet the needs of energy efficient, low carbon builders.
Croke Park, Dublin, 24 April 2013
9 May 2013. ‘From niche to normal’ was a concept presented by Brian Motherway, CEO of SEAI, during his keynote address at the Better Building Conference held in Dublin in April 2013. This brilliantly captured the notion that improved building performance is no longer for the few or fanatics on the margins but rather must now be recognised simply as what to expect.
A short 1 min video compilation of images from the event:
Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Open Doors Ireland: 8-10 November 2013
Will you share your enthusiasm this November?
7 May 2013. As a passive house enthusiast, you’ve had the great foresight to build and live in your own low energy building. So, would you be available to open your doors during the second weekend of November 2013 and share your experiences and enthusiasm with others living in your neighbourhood? If so, we invite you to be a part of both the first Irish Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Open Doors Days and the International Passive House Days events which will run in parallel in November 2013.
Frankfurt, 19 – 21 April 2013
7 May 2013. Frankfurt witnessed the gathering of over 1,000 Passive House Enthusiasts over the weekend of April 19th to 21st April 2013 for the 17th International Conference.
The overriding theme of the conference was ‘Passive House – a solid foundation for the energy revolution’ and the gathering facilitated over 90 presentations across 16 different sessions and from almost 35 different countries; a truly international affair.
Video Highlights – Isover Energy Efficiency Awards
These awards recognise and reward the most energy efficient buildings in Ireland, covering both renovation and new build projects. This video provides a taste of the projects and atmosphere on the day. Congratulations to the winning project (the Clauson’s certified Passive House) and all the shortlisted projects. Not an easy job for the judges!
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Wednesday 27 March 2013. The University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, (a founding member of the Passivehouse Association of Ireland), hosted a well-attended Passive House Briefing on Thursday evening last 21st March.
Friday – Saturday, 19 – 20 April 2013
Website | Congress Center, Messe, Frankfurt
Friday 22 March 2013. It is very positive to note that there will be three representatives from Ireland presenting papers at the upcoming International Passive House Conference in Frankfurt.
Dublin 11 – 12 March 2013
Organised by: ENERGY ACTION LTD (PHAI MEMBER)
Friday 22 March 2013. Energy Action Ltd was again this year to the forefront in organising the European Fuel Poverty Conference held this week in Dublin.
The conference title was ‘Re-framing Fuel Poverty in Europe’ and was sponsored this year by the energy companies Electric Ireland, Bord Gais Energy and Airtricity. It is clear that Ireland again is setting European standards in endeavouring to address issues of fuel poverty for vulnerable households throughout the community.
Passive House wins Isover Energy Efficiency Awards 2013
Thursday 14 March 2013. Congratulations to Winkens Architecture & Integrated Energy – winners of the recent Isover Energy Efficiency Awards held in WoodQuay Venue Dublin on March 1st.
The winning project, Francis Clauson’s Ultra Low Energy House, Kiltilly, Co. Wexford, is the first certified passive house in Ireland to achieve an A1 rating.
Achieving a space heat demand of just 13.4 kWh/m2.a & airtightness result of 0.58 m3/h.m2, this project demonstrated that a low energy house could be built in the traditional style within tight planning restraints on form and height of residential constructions, and achieve passive house certification.
Runners Up were Green Extension Architects for home-owner Liam Desmond’s A2 rated renovation in Stillorgan Co Dublin, and Glenashling Nursing Home, in Celbridge – the first Passive Certified nursing home in Ireland, realised for owners Gary and Norma Gavigan, by Integrated Energy and The Clarke Partnership.
ISOVER Ireland have been awarded the honour of hosting the next grand final in Dublin in 2014, to which all of our Irish winners will be showcased.
November 2012 – International Passive House Days
Link here to a review of the Open Days.
9th July 2012 | Wolfgang Feist on tour in the UK
Darmstadt, 9 July 2012: From 30 June – 4 July, Wolfgang Feist, founder and director of the Passive House Institute, visited the UK for the second time this year where he held a series of lectures and seminars at universities in London, Glasgow and Cardiff and announced the winners of the UK Passivhaus Awards 2012 at the 2nd Anniversary Event of the Passivhaus Trust, iPHA’s UK Affiliate.
We invite you to visit the iPHA Website to read the press release on Wolfgang Feist’s UK tour.
Passive House Briefing #3 – FAS Finglas - June 2012
Photos and video
The event was a great success with excellent presentations, a tour of the Passive House Training Lab and a cake to celebrate 10 years of Passive Houses in Ireland!
Passive House Briefing #2 – University of Limerick – 6th June 2012
On Wednesday 6th June a well attended Second Passive House Briefing took place at the University of Limerick under the auspices of Mr Trevor Hickey of UL and Mr Tomas o Leary of the Passive House Academy and PHAI. Six 20 minute presentations gave valuable overviews and detailed analysis of a range of Passive House Projects.
‘To see such a broad range of construction personnel from architects and contractors to mechanical engineers and planners, each speaking the same language of ‘Passive House’, is encouraging for the future of the design methodology within Ireland’ commented Martin Murray of PHAI.
Future briefings are intended for Dublin (June 28th), and Athlone and Galway later in the year.
16th International Passive House Conference 2012
The 2012 International Passive House Conference was a great success with 1,000 visitors from more different nations and more international presentations than ever before in its 16 year history. “Yet, it is not about quantity – what really matters are the contents,” said Wolfgang Feist, thanking the speakers from across the globe for their outstanding contributions.
Passive Houses can be built anywhere in the world; anywhere where people live. No matter the location, Passive Houses offer superior comfort with minimal technological requirements and, even more importantly, with extremely low energy use for heating and cooling. These benefits do not only apply theoretically – Passive Houses have been built and have proven to work across the globe as illustrated by dozens of designers from a variety of countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Korea and China.
The Passive House Standard can be applied to any type of building. Examples featured at this year’s conference include the world’s first tennis hall in Växjö/Sweden and hospitals in Frankfurt and Cologne.
Among the key findings: actual consumption values reflect the enormous energy savings Passive Houses are designed to bring. Passive House design is based on the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). Suitable for all climate zones worldwide, the PHPP is the leading design tool when it comes to energy efficient buildings.
Continuously improved components make designing and building Passive Houses all the more feasible. The latest developments and innovations were featured at the Passive House Component Exhibition, the largest of its kind thus far, including a variety of new top level“phA class” windows, another certified compact unit as well as state of the art ventilation systems.
This year’s conference revolved around the adoption of the Passive House Standard worldwide, a development currently spurred by the Passive House Institute’s new EU funded project “PassREg: Passive House Regions with Renewable Energies”.
The project was presented by Wolfgang Feist in his closing speech, leading up to next year’s conference concept and venue: the 17th International Passive House Conference, themed “Energy revolution with Passive House” will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, from 17 – 21 April 2013. Mark your calendars today!