Thursday, 15 December 2011

Brazil's star architect Oscar Niemeyer is 104 today, and he still has no plans to retire.

The constant presence, of Oscar Niemeyer on the scene of international contemporary architecture from 1936 until the present time, has transformed him into a symbol of Brazil.

His pursuit of great architecture linked to roots of his native land has resulted in new plastic forms and a lyricism in buildings, not only in Brazil, but around the world. For his lifetime achievements, the Pritzker Architecture Prize is bestowed.

Happy Birthday Oskar Niemeyer, it’s my Birthday too.

But will I still be around at 104? And still working?

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Lego Architectural Scale Kits

On a recent trip to Germany I came across a LEGO shop. There were about 13 architectural master pieces ‘to scale’ in LEGO elements. A bit pricy from about € 25 to €300.
Fallingwater House is about €95.

Farnsworth House pictured  below here about €60.

Link to Lego Germany.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

The CMG Building and Design Awards 2011

Winkens Architecture has been short-listed to the final four of the prestigious CMG awards Best Architectural Practice 2011.  This is our second nomination is as many years.
The CMG Building and Design Awards 2011 will recognise success in the building, engineering and architecture professions during the past year with a focus on best practice, sustainable design and innovation.
On the 2nd of Dec 2011 in the Four Seasons hotel in Dublin, the winners will be announced.

Click here to see CMG Site

Monday, 19 September 2011

Wasps nick cavity wall insulation!

Check out this video of wasps nicking cavity wall insulated beads from an un-plastered hole that was used to inject the insulation!
Courtesy of Paul Kenny from the Tipperary Energy Agency via Construct Ireland's sustainable building ezine.

Always finish the job!

Wasp Video

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

LED R7s Retrofit Floodlight Lamp

The 'watt beater' 7w LED R7s retrofit lamp by ellydees is designed to replace the standard j-type doubled ended halogen bulb. The watt beater LED lamp has a wide beam angle of 45 degress and offers a massive energy saving of 98% over the linear tumgsten halogen lamp type it replaces, so they say.

It’s not cheap, payback will depend on usage.

Led Vista Shop

Monday, 13 June 2011

Hotblok new single leaf ext. wall system.

The HotBlok is a new system to the Irish market.

Text taken from their brochure:

“The fundamental advantage of HOTBLOK System is its fantastic thermal insulation power factor, U=0,15 W/m2K, which is enough for construction of energy-saving houses, and even passive houses.

Walls built in HOTBLOK System will be comfortably warm,

breathing, durable and healthy.”

It is similar to the Poroton block. Anyone use it yet? Please let me know.
YouTube Clip

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Hemp Passive Haus 1st Blower testing

James B. the client (and also the builder) is on track to achieve passive Haus Certification. For several weeks he was taping and sealing the dwelling.

Today Gavin O Se from Greenbuild, Gorey, Co. Wexford did the preliminary door blower testing to see how the build is performing to date.

Gavin also used a thermal anemometer. The air speed is measured at the access points, allowing for comparisons and for the leaks to be prioritised by severity.

He did spot checks around all windows. Gearoid from Optiwin windows was on hand if adjustments were needed.
The preliminary pressure result in under 0.8h-1 at 50Pa. And this is without outside plaster work!

The 0.6h-1 at 50Pa for a Passive Haus should be achievable.

Well done James (with hat).

Greenbuild web site
more Hemp House photos

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

New Home Energy Saving Scheme

The Irish Government, through SEAI, wishes to encourage people to improve the energy performance of their homes by incentivising the cost of installing various upgrade measures. The Home Energy Saving (HES) scheme provides assistance to homeowners to reduce energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions and improve the comfort levels within their home. See the SEAI web site for details.
More Info SEAI

Monday, 11 April 2011

11th May 2011 Wetland seminar Galway-

Treatment Wetlands and the EPA Code of Practice.
Topics covered:
> Constructed Wetlands and Reed Beds for Domestic Applications
> Siting and Construction of Treatment Wetlands
> Recommending Natural Treatment Systems with the EPA Code of Practice

FĂ©idhlim Harty Wetland Systems (FHWS) was established in 1996 to provide a design, consultancy and planting service for constructed wetlands and to increase public awareness of constructed wetlands.

More Info...

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Energy saver Low-flow Radiators

New sustainable heating radiators. With the Low-H2O Jagas Energy Saver up to 12% more energy is saved than with traditional radiators.
This technologie has been around for 16 years and are now available in Ireland. They have a great range of different designs to choose from.

This is the Jaga site showing the full range in Navan stock them

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