Back to the Future at The Energy Show
Back to the Future at SEAI Energy Show 2017
Ecological Building Systems once again exhibited at the SEAI Energy Show on the 5th and 6th of April. Organised by SEAI, the Energy Show is firmly established as the flagship event for professionals in the sustainable energy sector. This two-day exhibition showcases leading suppliers of energy-efficient and renewable energy products and services in Ireland. It was great to catch up and meet so many architects, engineers and building owners who we have provided airtightness, insulation and retrofit guidance over the years.
The show was opened by minister Denis Naughton. It was welcomed to hear the minister announce a new €5 million Energy Efficiency Scheme aimed at encouraging the deep Retrofit of existing buildings. Hopefully, this will form a template to take more effective measures to address significant inefficiencies in existing buildings. It was refreshing to hear the minister state in his speech the importance of balancing energy efficiency with wellbeing and health. While it is important to reduce the carbon footprint and energy use of existing buildings, it is even more critical to ensure the building is a healthy comfortable living environment.
It was a case of back to the future at the Product of the Show Awards in more ways than one. While in the electric vehicle area an all-electric DeLorean was displayed in all its glory another material from the far distant past was making waves in the Product of the show awards.
We were delighted to see that our DIASEN Diathonite cork lime thermal plaster was awarded the prestigious, Best Energy Efficient Product award at the show.
It was incredible to see that among many technical products ranging from high-performance Solar Panels, heat pumps, combined heat and power and other impressive technical solutions, an ancient building material, lime and cork, used as far back as the Roman times won this award in 2017!
Diathonite Evolution thermal plaster combines the breathable properties of lime with the unique thermal properties of Cork, clay and diatomaceous earth and is suitable for use on the retrofit of existing buildings and well as in new buildings. Just 30mm of Diathonite can reduce the U-value for a solid wall from 2.5W/m2K to just 0.8W/m2K, while at the same time allowing the wall to breathe and minimise the risk of long-term moisture or mould issues.
It was rewarding to see that SEAI recognised the valuable contribution and technical benefits traditional natural insulation materials can make to aid in the delivery of robust and effective retrofitting of the Irish housing stock.
The awards didn’t stop there though.
Best Service Provider - Highly Commended
We were delighted to see our new Low Energy Retrofit Course received was Highly Commended in the category of Best Service Provider. Our Low Energy Retrofit course has proven exceptionally popular since its launch with full bookings at each course so far. To celebrate the award and the timely announcement by the minister in relation the new SEAI Deep Retrofit Scheme we will provide a special half price offer for the next Low Energy Retrofits Training Course on the 4th of May.
A special mention goes to our newest recruit, Fergal Flatley who attended his first show with us and answered questions and provided guidance to many visitors.
Overall, the show was a great success. It is clear there is an air of positivity among our colleagues on neighbouring stands as well as from specifiers and engineers.
What is clear as well is that there is a critical need to increase training and education to ensure the retrofit and new building is executed to a high standard with appropriate materials to prevent having to “retrofit our retrofits and new builds” in the future. Even more reason to attend our training courses. Click Here
By Niall Crosson
Senior Engineer BTech, MEngSc, MIEI, CEPHC
Ecological Building Systems