Irish Energy News

Welcome to Irish Energy News, a new section on Irish Energy Assessors. In this section we discuss current news and events in the energy sector in Ireland.

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This week I was given the opportunity to speak at the Passive House Briefing regarding residential and commercial air tightness applications which was held at Sligo IT

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Dublin Dun Laoghaire

Many months of hard work has finally come to a successful conclusion with the decision by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council  last night to require the passive house standard for all new build in the county in their 2016 to 2022 Development Plan.

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Dublin Council Considering To Make All New Houses Meet Passive House Standards
On the 5th of May last Dublin Council had a meeting to speak about the drafting of the new Dublin City Development Plan for 2016-2022. A the meeting the council passed a motion so that all new buildings within the city of Dublin have to be built to the passive house standard.

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Don't Just Stick It - Fix It With SIGA Tapes!
I have been working with SIGA tapes for years, and over those years I've seen SIGA tapes used in very innovative ways. From fixing holes in bouncing castles, to patching tears in poly tunnels. Recently I have seen others posting photos on social media showing their fixes using SIGA tapes.

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

The Council of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown intend on all new houses and commercial buildings have to be built to passive house standards.

Passive House is the world‘s leading standard in energy efficient construction. any property built to this standard will assure buyers and owners they are getting a quality, comfortable and an energy efficient building. The passive house standard which is to cover all new developments in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, will most likely consist of SIGA Airtightness membrane, top rated levels of insulation and almost certainly triple-glazed windows, which will make the buildings virtually air tight.

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air tightness blog postThe air tightness of the building envelope is a requirement for achieving the latest energy techniques in new buildings as much as for retrofitting of existing buildings. Specifically targeting the removal of unwanted air leakage brings about the energy savings potential required to get a good BER result. Installing air tightness systems such as the SIGA air tightness also helps prevent moisture transfer into the building construction. Furthermore maximizing energy-efficient standards of heating systems or windows only develop their full potential if unwanted air leakages in your building envelope are eliminated.

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Retrofitting Works

Considerable changes have definitely formed around the level of quality when it comes to new homes being constructed with in the last four years; That is the message coming from the The Central Statistics Office (CSO). Older properties retrofitted with insulation's as well as efficient and cost-effective home heating upgrades also demonstrated a marked improvement in the BER Ratings. Some 5% of older dwellings had an 'A' or 'B' rating, which rose to 17% among 26,625 properties which undergone retrofitting. All these changes we see are resulting in lower heating costs to the occupants. Retrofitting is proving to improve energy efficiency of older homes and is key to reducing your energy bills.