Passive House Briefings - Thursday 21st March 2013

Fifth Passive House Briefing attracts over 50 people to the University of Ulster.

The University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, (a founding member of the Passivehouse Association of Ireland), hosted a well-attended Passive House Briefing on Thursday evening last 21st March.

The University which is ranked fourth in the UK in regard to Sustainable Technologies and Research was also showcasing its own ‘state of the art’ Passive House Test Studio, which includes a solar array that can replicate all types of solar conditions for research purposes. The Campus also includes the largest wall mounted PV array in the UK and two purpose built terraced houses to facilitate energy research and modelling of retrofit solutions.

Full Programme:

17.00 Optional Tour of Laboratory including Ireland’s First Passive House Test Studio

17.30 Tea, Coffee and Sandwiches served in Loughview Suite, Room 8H01B

18.00 Prof. Neil Hewitt, University of Ulster – Welcome Address

18.10 Paul McAlister, Architects & Energy Consultants – “Passive House – What does it cost?” – An actual project with actual costs

18.30 Dr. Shane Colclough, University of Ulster – “Passive Houses – Current Research in Ireland”

18.50 Mark Gribbin, Setanta Construction – “The Importance of Thermal Bridging”

19.10 Peter Keig, Eco Energy (NI) – Case Study: “Eco-Energy Retrofit, Grove Housing Association Belfast”

19.30 Martin Murray, Chair, Passive House Association of Ireland – Q&A and Close

Feedback on the event has been very positive. As reported by one of the attendees, John Humes of Povall Worthington Architects: “A brief note of thanks and praise for a superb seminar on Thursday evening. I have attended a number of similar events over the years – on this occasion I came away further inspired.”