Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Minister launches Guidance on Wetlands Sewerage Systems



‘Wetlands systems are cheaper, quicker & better for the Environment’

While in Monaghan on the 13. December, 2010 the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Mr John Gormley TD., launched a new guidance document on Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICW). More on the website below.
Dept of Environment website

ICW Guidance Document for Farmyard Soiled Water and Domestic Wastewater Applications (124 pages) pdf 3.4mb

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Getting warmer: a field trial of heat pumps

A field trial was undertaken by the Energy Saving Trust in the UK to determine the key factors which impact the performance of domestic-scale heat pumps in-situ.

The trial included technical parameters (such as system sizing and installation) and customer feedback & behaviour.
Instead of revealing outcomes along statistical grounds, or acting as a “brand-vs-brand” competition, the field trial findings provide a discussion of key points of interest to potential consumers.
The findings provide valuable information about the factors that affect the success of a domestic heat pump installation.
Some interesting reading.
.... Ground source the payback .... 29 years ... when compared with new oil .... and air source heat pump are 16 years ... compared with new oil .... see page 19 of PDF link below...
Energysavingtrust.org.uk

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Small Architectural Practice of the Year Award 2010 Shortlist





We are proud to announce that we are on the shortlist for the ‘Small Architectural Practice of the Year Award’ 2010. We are one of five Nation wide and the only one from Wexford.
The CMG Building and Design Awards 2010 will recognise success in the building, engineering and architecture professions during the past year with a focus on best practice, sustainable design and innovation.
The winners will be announced on the 3rd of Dec 2010 in the Four Seasons hotel in Dublin.
See CMG Building & Design Awards 2010 Shortlist

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

SIGA workshop


Today I had a chance to go to a SIGA workshop.
This 3 hour SIGA Workshop on air tightness and wind tightness
was a hands on demonstration of different sealants and tapes and
the importance of air tightness and wind tightness.
I was quite impressed with the range of tapes and sealants.

SIGA website

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Ecostein where are they now?

I believe that Ecostein has stopped trading in Ireland.
If I am wrong please let me know and where I can contact Ecostein.
Even though the web site is still live, I cannot make any contact.
There are similar good alternatives avalilable.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Sad demise of FBT Poroton

Unfortunately FBT Poroton is no more. After a long time getting established (I was dealing with them since 1998) and receiving the Irish Agreement certificate the company ceased trading. I wish Wolfgang all the best for the future.
There are alternatives on the Irish market now.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Traditional Building Crafts Expo

I went to the Traditional Building Crafts Expo at the national 1798 Centre in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford over the weekend.
This small expo was quite informative. One of the exhibitors Edward Byrne was a pleasure to talk to. He has Lime Paints, Plaster and more check out his website.
Traditional Lime

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Homeowner Guide to Septic tank systems

This is an American Guide from 'their EPA'. This guide will help you care for your tank septic system. It will help you understand how your system works and what steps you can take as a homeowner to ensure your system will work properly.

EPA (USA) Homeowner Guide to Septic tank systems (1.3MB)

Friday, 26 February 2010

Green roofing for every one

This is my green roofed Garage. Built two years ago.












Today I came across an irish company that design and fit green roofs. I spoke to Rita Higgins for awhile who explained that Anu Green is a Design/Build company based in Cork with an integrative approach to landscapes. They combine innovative landscape design with the modern greenroof and living wall concept.

Anu Green Design

Friday, 1 January 2010

Mandatory septic tank Licensing for 2010

Ireland in Breach of EU waste water law
The European Court of Justice has ruled against the Irish Government in a case brought by the European Commission on waste water laws.
The court found Ireland had failed to make adequate legislation for dealing with domestic waste-water from septic tanks and other on-site wastewater treatment on October 31st 2009.
Read Edie coverage

440,000 must buy septic tank licence
Environment Minister John Gormley said he would introduce a licensing and inspection system for septic tanks, which will affect 440,000 homes across the country, mostly in rural areas.
Homeowners currently have a "duty of care" but, under a new licensing system, a public body -- such as a local authority -- will inspect tanks to ensure they are not causing pollution.
Read the Irish Independent coverage

Trying to sort out this problem will cause a lot of problems. Who will do the testing? This should be done nationally and independently, not by the County Councils. When will this news come into main stream news?