Ecological Building Systems
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Fintan Wallace (Architectural Technologist & Certified European Passivhaus designer/tradesperson) from Ecological Building Systems UK Ltd discusses
the importance of Wind Tightness in ensuring a roof build up delivers its designed thermal performance.
Everyone at Ecological Building Systems would like to congratulate our very own Peter Smith (Technical Advisor) who was recently granted Passive House Tradesperson Certification from the Passive House Institute.
The certification covers general Passive House principles such as Building physics and ecology, airtightness and the construction process/quality assurance.
At the design stage, whether detailing a new build or retrofit, externally insulating a roof can be the most effective option to upgrade thermal performance. This is especially pertinent if there is a living space in the roof.
A local Architect asked the following questions regarding this subject recently:
Why Should I Consider Specifying External Insulation on a Roof?
It is no surprise that the sustainability and durability of this standard came to the fore in many presentations at this year’s conference. While attaining a 90% reduction in the space heating requirements is an impressive feat, to be truly sustainable this must be maintained over the long term, a fact highlighted by the founder and director of the Passive House Institute, Wolfgang Feist in his presentation.
On the 10th and 12th of May Ecological Building Systems in conjunction with our German partners pro clima & GUTEX will offer a unique opportunity for architects to attend a series of Masterclass seminars focusing on the latest developments in delivering high performance, healthy low energy building. Details regarding this unique event may be downloaded from here.
Ecological Building Systems have been at the forefront of supplying Intelligent airtight and windtight building product solutions and natural insulations in Ireland for over 15 years. Their technical expertise and leading range of ecological products provide the highest specifications for diffusion open, healthy, low energy sustainable buildings using more natural materials.
This event will provide attendees the opportunity to speak directly to senior technical engineers from pro clima and GUTEX. Niall Crosson, Senior Engineer with Ecological Building Systems will also deliver a series of technical airtightness, vapour control and thermal insulation presentations highlighting the latest developments in high performance construction in Ireland. Practical demonstrations will also be provided by renowned Passivhaus tradesman, Roman Szypura of Clioma House ltd and experienced lime plasterer David Broderick of DB Plaster Ltd.
Ecological are honoured that Professor J. Owen Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Architectural Science, UCD, and chair of the Irish Green Building Council will open proceedings with a keynote address.
Michael Foerster has been lead technical engineer with pro clima for over a decade. He provides input to various technical and standards committees with a particular focus on air and windtightness membranes, tapes and durable sealing solutions. Michael has also published a number of building physics technical papers for pro clima. Michael will deliver a series of presentations outlining the latest developments on how to offset condensation risk in pitched and flat roofs. He will also outline key steps to ensure that a durable airtight and windtight specification is attained for the lifetime of a building.
Pro clima, based in Germany, are global leaders in the manufacture and development of Intelligent airtightness and windtightness solutions for over 3 decades. Pro clima have vast experience in providing robust airtightness solutions for both masonry and timber frame constructions. pro clima’s core focus is not only to attain optimum levels of air and windtightness in buildings, but to combine this with the highest possible levels of safety against condensation and mould growth by utilising more breathable, diffusion open membranes and seals.
Ulrich Wilms from GUTEX will deliver a series of woodfibre insulation seminars. Ulrich will outline how woodfibre thermal insulation is manufactured and the unique technical benefits of applying it to both new builds and retrofits. GUTEX have pioneered the development and manufacture of high performance wood fibre thermal solutions since 1932 based in the Black Forest in Germany. GUTEX wood fibre insulation boards are made from post-industrial recycled wood chips and shavings of spruce and pine. The boards are produced by using an innovative dry method, which is much less energy intensive than the conventional wet method and minimizes additions of binders and hydrophobic wax. The result is the ultimate natural insulation material, with a wood content of 94-96% which has superb properties for interior and exterior applications. GUTEX produce many forms of woodfibre insulation, designed with specific characteristics and features for each element of the building fabric which may be utilised in new builds or retrofits.
Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided each day along with product samples and detailed specification guidance material. The seminars will run over 2 days, Tuesday the 10th and Thursday the 12th of May 2016 at Ecological Building Systems training centre in Athboy, Co. Meath. The booking fee is €50.00 per day.
Each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance with 5 structured CPD credits. Interested participants can book each day separately or both days together.
For more information please do not hesitate to contact Ecological Building Systems on 046 9432104. Places can be confirmed on www.ecologicalbuildingshop.ie
Spaces are limited for this one-off event and will be confirmed on a first come first served basis.
By Niall Crosson, Senior Technical Engineer, BTech,MEngSc, CEPHC. MIEI
046 94 32104;