Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Recover Heat from your Shower

Using patented technology Zypho recovers heat from the shower waste water to pre-heat the cold water going to the shower mixer.
Zypho is able to recover up to 15 degrees celcius of heat from the drained shower water. This means that new cold water entering the Zypho system at 10 ºC will then leave at the temperature of 25 ºC.

This significantly reduces the volume of hot water required from your boiler or immersion, resulting in savings on your electricity or fuel bills.


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Waterless toilet solutions

In Dublin there is a companty now offering waterless toilet solutions.
Are problems with septic tanks a thing of the past?
>Urine diverting toilets

>Composting toilets - NSF certified >>>>

>Waterless Urinals - for men and women

>Incinerating Toilets - (perhaps not the most eco friendly but waterless none the less !)

>Deep Freeze Toilets

All of the above dispose of human waste without the need for water so a septic tank is not required. There are options that do not require any electricity either.






Tuesday, 14 August 2012

We made the Best Eco/Green Blog long list....
And it is a long list.

blog awards ireland

Blog Awards Ireland will bring together the Irish online community collaborating in a single event on 13th October 2012 to celebrate blogging in Ireland. The Awards will offer businesses an opportunity to increase their visibility and prominence in social media circles. With more people being guided in their buying decisions by bloggers rather than friends opinions, blogging is a considerably influential tool in word of mouth marketing.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Over 400,000 households should register for septic tank inspections.

More  than 400,000 households will have to register their septic tanks by February 1 next or face the prospect of being fined up to €5,000.

The Government today announced new rules on septic tanks which will oblige homeowners to make sure they are working properly and not polluting water.
An inspection regime will begin next year, Environment Minister Phil Hogan said, adding it would cost households €5 to register their tank up to September 28 next, after which it would increase to €50.

There will be no charge for inspections

Registration will last for five years, and there will be no fee for second or subsequent registrations.
Registration can be completed on line at by credit or debit card, by post, or at local authority offices

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Low impact materials case studies and information papers

BRE South West and the University of Bath (BRE Centre for Innovation) collaborated via a Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) from July 2010 to June 2011 on low impact materials available to the wider construction industry in the South West. 

Information Papers and Case studies on:
Hemp Lime
Straw bale
Unfired clay masonry
Cross-laminated timber
Natural fibre insulation
Link to all 5 papers

Sunday, 1 April 2012

New grading of Passive Houses USA.

The Passive House Institute US ( PHIUS ) have come up with a new grading system “The USA Passive House”.

Ultra” Passive House  > Annual heat requirement ≤ 10 kWh/m2/year
Super” Passive House  > Annual heat requirement ≤ 12 kWh/m2/year
Awesome”  Passive House  > Annual heat requirement ≤ 14 kWh/m2/year

Passive House Standard  > Annual heat requirement ≤ 15 kWh/m2/year

The new house plaques, according to the annual heat demand, calculated with the PPHP, will be in Red, White or Blue.

Red for Ultra Passive House, White for Super Passive House, Blue for the Above Passive House while the clear plaque will remain for the Basic Passive House that reaches the standard.

This new labelling system will take effect from the 1st of April..

For more information go to www.PHIUS-USA-APRILFOOLEDYA.COM

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Incentive for septic tank owners to register early.

The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has announced a reduced inspection fee for septic tanks.
Mr Hogan said the fee will be reduced from €50 to €5 for the first three months when the charge is introduced in April 2012.
After the first three months, registration will cost €50.
The deadline for registration will be March 2013.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Household Charge 2012

No bill will be sent out for the new household charge.

It is a self-declaration system.

It must be be paid by the 31st of March 2012 or where a person opts to pay the household charge in instalments, the Direct Debit Mandate must be set up by 1st of March 2012.

The household charge can be paid in four instalments of €25 by direct debit.
Dates for 2012 are as follows:
  • Instalment number 1:    13th March 2012
  • Instalment number 2:    14th May 2012
  • Instalment number 3:    13th July 2012
  • Instalment number 4:    10th September 2012
Has this been be widely publicized?

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