Site Visit: PassivHaus Pharmacy and Apartment

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Saturday, 26th July 2014 

53 O’Connell Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary | 11:00 Sharp to 13:00

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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.

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Nearly Zero Energy Buildings – Open Doors Ireland – Seeks Exhibitors

clough-1NZEB – Open Doors Ireland is seeking exhibitors for the 7 – 9 November 2022 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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: 01 4548300,

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The Better Building Conference 2014

The next Better Building, Ireland's largest property and construction conference, will be held on Wednesday 9 April 2014 in Croke Park, in association with Ecocem, the low carbon cement provider. 

Catch up on what is happening in the rapid move to a more sustainable built environment.

Find the programme and speaker lineup on the Better Building website.

Pre-register and save. Pre-booked tickets are €150 (€190 on the door).

This conference counts for 7 structured RIAI CPD points.

The Living Building Challenge – Case Studies from the Ecovillage in Cloughjordan

Presented by Éasca and Living Building Challenge Ireland

Part of Engineers Week in partnership with WeCreate.

Thursday 13 February 2014 | Enterprise Centre, Cloughjordan Ecovillage (map) | 12.00 - 16.00 | €65 Members Only - Pay Now (Éasca, Cultivate, RIAI, Engineers Ireland, CIBSE, IGBC members) / €80 - Pay Now (Non-members) / €15 Student rate (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Please join us for this workshop which highlights the green building projects that have been built in the Ecovillage in Cloughjordan. The workshop begins with an introduction to the Living Building Challenge, and an overview of the imperatives and criteria used to measure projects in this system. Using the Cloughjordan Ecovillage as a case study, we will discuss how certain aspects of the Living Building Challenge were met by specific buildings and how other aspects could not be met due to regulatory or logistical challenges. Participants are encouraged to discuss how those challenges can be overcome in the future and how we can move towards a Deeper Green approach to design and construction in Ireland.

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Free Event: Launch of DIT 'Construction Innovation Lab'

16 October 2022 | 16.00 - 22.00 | DIT Bolton Street | €Free

All are welcome to attend the official launch of the 'Lab'. Tom Parlon, Director General at the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) will open the evening session.

Additionally, there will be presentations from research students in CIL and their fellow researchers in the TU (Technical University) Delft's BIMlab, Netherlands, regarding their objectives and the ways in which their research has assisted industry with innovation. Funding opportunities that are available to companies looking to engage in research will also be highlighted.

Current commercial partners of CIL include MDY Construction Ltd & PM Group who will be presenting on the day. Both companies have highlighted how this can be of benefit to the wider industry.

This new initiative is aimed at promoting construction innovation. It 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.

Networking Meeting and Reception with Robin Baker

Part of World Green Building Week

Thursday 19 September 2022 | 18.00 - 21.00 | RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 | Please RSVP using this form

We would like to invite you to be our guest for a networking meeting and reception in Dublin as part of World Green Building Week. 

Sharing his experiences with us during this event will be Robin Baker of Robin Baker Architects. Robin was the chairman of the Scottish Ecological Design Association from 2009 to 2011, and his work includes both environmental design and conservation projects.  He worked with Howard Liddell and Gaia Architects in the late 90s and early 00s.  We invite you to join in on what is sure to be an interesting discussion.

Better Energy Finance Briefing

builders solar panelsPublic consultation on the proposed national retrofit financing for domestic refurbishment

Thursday 25 July 2022 | 12:45 - 15:00

What is Better Energy Financing?

This scheme (formerly known as Pay as you Save) is the Government’s proposed financial solution for homeowners to upgrade the energy efficiency of their houses in order to meet the EU energy efficiency targets of 2020. This is part of the transition away from Exchequer-funded grants for energy efficiency measures. The intention is that this will be a comprehensive scheme (excluding low–income housing) that puts in place a structure or incorporates existing structures, covering finance, technical standards, assessment, registration of contractors, assessors and materials. The scheme will focus on creating a quality mark for retrofit.  All the current documents on the scheme can be downloaded from the Better Energy Financing website.

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NEES European Sustainable Energy Week Seminar

NEES logoExploring the benefits of using natural and recycled materials for construction and retrofit of houses

25 June 2014 |  14.00 | Cork Centre for Architectural Education

We all want to combat climate change by promoting energy efficiency. But just how energy efficient are the products that we are using for this purpose? The NEES (Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability) Project believes that it is possible to save more energy and reduce the carbon foot-print of house construction and retrofit if we look at the Life Cycle of materials and buildings and not just their use-phase. The NEES European Sustainable Energy Week Seminar will explore this question, as well as looking at Best Practices in natural products and services that enhance energy efficiency and originate from the Northern Periphery of Europe.

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Lecture with Christoph Duenser of Hermann Kaufmann Architects

copyright of Norman A. Müller13 June 2014 | 18.00 | Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

The Southern Region Committee of the RIAI, supported by the Wood Marketing Federation are pleased to present this lecture with Christoph Duenser.

Christoph Duenser will be presenting on two very exciting projects: the recently completed research project LCT1 (Life Cycle Tower 1) low energy office building with expressed timber construction, and the under-construction Passive House office project IZM (Illwerk Zentrum Montafon), on both of which he was project architect.

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