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Ecological Building Systems discuss the transformation of a derelict cottage with damp & thermal performance issues into a desirable holiday retreat.
Arising from the recast European Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) 2010/30/EU, from the 1st of January 2020 every new building has to be designed to nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) standards. A more onerous timeline is required for all buildings acquired by public bodies where compliance with nZEB is required by 31st of December 2018. This means that any building completed after 31st December 2020 must achieve the nZEB standard irrespective of when they were started. Therefore, a certificate of compliance with Building Regulations cannot be signed off and the building cannot be occupied until the nZEB standard is met.
High heating costs and the desire for a comfortable living environment are leading to a growing number of homeowners carrying out thermal insulation measures at their own homes. To ensure that heating is not a luxury, the right insulation material is essential. Natural Insulations have proven to be an excellent solution. By installing an additional 200mm of insulation there is a resultant annual energy saving of almost €300, with a payback in fewer than 4 years.
The pro clima INTELLO airtight system is supplied in Ireland and the UK by Ecological Building Systems has been certified as a Passivhaus component to the highest phA component following the best airtightness test results ever achieved by any airtightness membrane system
Ecological Building Systems technical team members Darren O'Gorman & Joe Fitzgerald recently provided airtightness training to Phase 2 apprentice carpenters/joiners at Sligo Training Centre. In the following short article our new recruit Joe provides a summary of the airtightness training event.
Can you smoke it?
Believe it not, this is the first question we are asked when people pick up a sample of the Thermo-Hemp. Industrial hemp is the non-intoxicating relative of its more famous cousin, marijuana so NO you can’t cut off chunks and smoke it. But if you live in a house and use Thermo-Hemp Insulation, you will certainly cut your energy bills and have a safer healthier home.
Ecological's Niall Crosson was recently invited as a guest speaker at the Canadian Green Building Council's - Net Zero Summit on the 30th May in Vancouver. The Net Zero Summit is a pre-conference event featuring a kick-off to the GaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. The one-day event included five technical sessions which addressed the key challenges and opportunities for net-zero design and construction. Delegates were introduced to a variety of talks which included.....
- The foundational components of zero carbon buildings in real-life strategies for modelling and designing for net zero emissions