Ecological Building Systems
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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 were delighted to host a regional Passive House Association of Ireland Briefing at our training centre on the 10th of October. As Patron members, we are always keen to support the development of Passivhaus and nZEB standards in Ireland.
It’s September and so Cumbria Green Build Festival is once again on the horizon - we’ve supported and been involved with this wonderful initiative by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) for too many years to mention! Last year our ‘ Introduction to Refurbishment’ was so popular we have decided to devote a full day to the topic and so we are going to cover the ‘Refurbishment of Roofs, Walls and Floors.’
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.