Tuesday, 15 December 2009

HALO Free Home Energy Survey from ESB

HALO is open to anyone that owns their own house (apartments are not eligible) provided it was built before 2006. Obviously older houses would receive greater benefit from energy efficiency upgrades i.e. those that were built either during or before the 1990’s.
The ESB Energy Services scheme gives you the opportunity to have a free independent home energy survey carried out on your home. You do not have to be a Customer of ESB Customer Supply to be eligible for the Free HALO Survey.

ESB Halo site for more details

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Architects registration Ireland

A new register for architects was launched yesterday in a bid to regulate the sector by ensuring that only architects whose qualifications meet set standards are listed.

“Up until now Ireland was almost unique in the absence of registration of the title ‘Architect’,” said Sean O’Laoire, President of The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI).

Over 2,700 architects who have met specified levels of qualification and competence are listed on the new register, which was published in Dublin yesterday morning. Henceforth, only architects who are on the register are entitled to use the title "architect".

It did take a while to get there. Look at the date!

Read the full newspaper notice

Check your architects registration here.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Hydro Power

Hydro power made easy with the Archimedean Screw hydro turbine.
Eco Evolution are appointed agents in Ireland for Mann Power Consulting Ltd. UK. Mann Power are the sole UK authorised dealer for the Rehart range of Archimedean Screws manufactured in Germany.

The turbines can be under ground or open and do not harm fish.
Eco Evolution - installers of wind, solar and hydro energy solutions
operate from their offices located in Ferns, Co Wexford

More info SEI.ie

Monday, 14 September 2009

NON-ITCH Recycled Fibre Insualtion

I came across this in the City West, Dublin, Self build show. NON-ITCH aka ECO WOOL is made from Recycled Plastic Bottles that is free from floating fibres or dust and so avoids skin irritation and respiratory problems normally associated with other forms of insulation. I got a sample and it’s like rockwool or fibreglass only white and does not itch. It is now available in Ireland.


Thursday, 20 August 2009

Thermal imaging

We have now purchased a FLIR i5 multi purpose infrared camera from FLIR systems a global leader in infrared cameras. This camera can detect, spot and measure temperature differences over entire surfaces, it produces instant, point-and-shoot JPEG infrared imagery,that carries all required temperature data.

The FLIR i5 enables us to analyse the image and create reports in PDF format. It has the ability to see things that are invisible to the naked eye.

We can now find:
Cold bridging
Missing Insulation
Water leaks
defects in radiators
Under floor heating pipe faults
Air leakage (during blower test)

This thermal image shows missing insulation in a vaulted ceiling.

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Saturday, 25 July 2009

Earth wood

JFC Earth-wood - Inspired by Nature, Engineered by Man. A Real Alternative to Hardwood, Earth-Wood is made from reclaimed wood flour (finely graded sawdust) and recycled/reclaimed polymer which has been collected and removed from commercial waste streams. Once removed it is separated, processed, washed, shredded / pelletised and compounded with our wood flour.

It can be used for wall cladding, fencing and decking. It comes in various colours. Earthwood is based in Mullingar, County Westmeath and comes with a 20-year limited warranty that provides comprehensive coverage against splintering, splitting, rot or decay, and termite/insect damage.


Saturday, 27 June 2009

Thermodynamic Solar Energy

Today at the Waterford Self build show, I cam across LVP Renewables Thermodynamic Solar Energy they are based in Dublin.

They say it’s the next generation of Solar Panels that work Day & Night, Hail , Rain, Wind or Shine.

They can do Hot water and entire Cental Heating systems

The LVP Renewables / ENERGIE water heating system incorporates a market leading thermodynamic technology in which heat is drawn from the environment by the panel, and is transferred to the water via a compressor, using the Carnot cycle. The Thermodynamic Solar Panels are filled with Klea gas (no CFC’s) and sourcing heat in a number of ways:
Solar - direct and reflected solar light
Air convection - wind passing over the panel
Rainwater - contact of rainwater with the panel
and the water temperature in the storage tank is raised in a highly efficient and cost effective manner, even when it's raining and even during the night.
With the only electrical power consumption being the small compressor motor (equivalent to that of a domestic fridge), the system can save up to 80% of your water heating costs.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

SolarPrint is developing Dye Sensitised Solar Cells

SolarPrint is a Irish company based in Dublin. They are developing Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSCs), a novel 3rd Generation printable flexible solar cell technology, which uses abundant, cheap raw materials and employs a low-cost, fast and easy manufacturing process.
In the late 1990s new types of solar cells were developed. Electricity is produced by photoactive dyes or conducting polymers. These technologies are extremely promising because they are made of low-cost materials and do not need complex and expensive production facilities. In summary they should be significantly less expensive than older cell generations. 3rd Generation technologies can be engineered into flexible sheets and are mechanically robust.

Most BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic’s) products are not really integrated but being bolted on the existing structure like the rooftop. Though silicon solar panels are only available in standard formats and performing poorly in conditions of low light and where the sun shines at low angles of incidence, rooftop applications are limited.

SolarPrint’s DSSC technology can be easily produced in non standard formats and replace standard construction materials like metal rooftops or cladding panels. In addition, DSSC maintains its efficiency in a broad range of light conditions.

The “Today FM - Sunday Business Show Interview with Dr. Mazhar Bari - Sunday 17th May 2009” can be heard from their site


Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Straw bale Swimming pool

A new brave building company in Wexford are offering Straw bale swimming pools. Albert Doyle of SBSP LTD. says:
“The idea is that the well insulated buildings are ideal for swimming pools as the air temperature must be a few degrees above the water temperature. Solar panels on the roof help bring the pool water temperature to a comfortable level.
The timber frame structure goes up in no time. We leave the bales unplastered to improve sound proofing and keep the rugged look.

For more information go to www.sb-sp-wexfordaprilfooledya.ie

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Earth Hour

On March 28 you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for one hour. Or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on.
The results of the election are being presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. We want one billion votes for Earth, to tell world leaders that we have to take action against global warming.

I know I will turn off from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday the 28th March 2009.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Connect a Micro-Generator

It is now possible to connect a Micro-Generator to the ESB grid.
Examples of micro-generator includes:
Micro combined heat-and-power (CHP)

Here is more info:
Esb Micro Generator connection

There is even talk of a export tariff, so you can "sell electricity" back to the ESB.
ESBCS Domestic Micro-generator Export Tariff Decision Paper

Some good reading from: National energy training academy. Neta.ie
Consumer Guide – Microgeneration 2009.

One house, three energy ratings

A few weeks back a SUNDAY TIMES investigation has found inconsistencies in the system of awarding Building Energy Ratings. They got three assessments done of the same dwelling with three different results.

It’s a shame that this scheme is riddled with problems as it is actually a good idea that one can compare like with like, if the assessments where consistent and done by qualified surveyors.

This is the full article on line

BER update

It’s end of February and I still have not seen ONE advert "House for sale" that has the BER rating with their advertisement.
It’s been law since the 1st of January 2007 for all newly-built houses sold or let.
From January ALL houses (new or second hand) sold or let must have a BER certificate.
There are fines of up to €5,000 for non-compliance.

Anyone seen any BER ratings advertised with house sales?

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720- 1940

The Dictionary of Irish Architects contains biographical and bibliographical information on architects, builders and craftsmen born or working in Ireland during the period 1720 to 1940, and information on the buildings on which they worked. It was created and compiled by Ann Martha Rowan.

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