CREST Centre Construction Diary

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Passivhaus design has many advantages over conventional construction and design techniques. Its implementation creates a modern and comfortable dwelling with no cold drafts, no temperature variations from room to room, a quiet internal environment and significantly reduced utility costs.  Paul McAlister Architects are experienced in tailoring the Passivhaus philosophy to site constraints and a projects distinct needs.

Video - Crest Centre Passive House and Sustainable Design

Paul McAlister Architectscompleted the award-winning Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) Centre for South West College in Enniskillen.  The project is one of the most sustainable projects in the UK and Ireland and is the first educational building to achieve the following three sustainable credentials:

The practice has completed the award-winning Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) Centre for South West College in Enniskillen.  The project is one of the most sustainable projects in the UK and Ireland and is the first educational building to achieve the following three sustainable credentials:

  1. Passivhaus Certified for Energy efficient envelope and ventilation system
  2. BREEAM excellent in terms of the BRE sustainable benchmark for UK commercials buildings
  3. Zero Carbon, this means that the building can provide, by renewable energy, it own source of heat and lighting.

Whilst a combination of two of these sustainable criteria has been completed in other parts of the UK, this will be the first example of the three criteria together and will become a benchmark building for sustainability in the UK.
Sustainable design is key to the successful completion of the CREST Pavilion, the design team approach was to reflect the innovative aspiration of the CREST project as a demonstration building, and showcase for the new technologies on display.  The Pavilion was designed to engage industry through experiencing new sustainable technologies and materials allowing for a deeper engagement in and understanding of sustainability.

Video - CREST Centre - Passive House, Carbon neutral BREEAM Excellent Sustainable Construction Time lapse