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National Risk Assessment 2017: Response 2: The value of 'Negawatts' and preserving heritage

I am very struck that Section 4.2 - 4.4 in 'National Risk Assessment 2017' refer to energy and infrastructure and housing but not to energy-efficiency & its complex relationship with heritage. The Irish Government's National Risk Assessment 2017 can be found here: <>. (As architect of Ireland's first certified super-low energy retrofit of a building (the Monkstown EnerPHit) and manager in a school of architecture (DIT) that is implementing cutting edg

National Risk Assessment 2017: Response 1: Values & history

The Irish Government's National Risk Assessment 2017 can be found here: <>. I believe shared, inclusive cultural values, a clear philosophical position, and an understanding of the past are essential societal 'tools' in countering future shocks.   I found no reference to societal values in the 'National Risk Assessment 2017'.

Inappropriate retrofits can stress solid wall dwellings - SDAR* Journal

A paper of my ex-colleague Benat Arregi and I was published just before Christmas in the 2016 edition of Sustainble Design in Applied Research SDAR* Journal (jointly published by DIT and CIBSE Ireland). The title of the paper is 'Hygrothermal Risk Evaluation for the Retrofit of a Typical Solid-walled Dwelling': it can be downloaded here:

The assembly that is most hygrothermally stressed is the only one which would be grant aided: cause for thought surely?

Technical Paper 15 gains recognition of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

On Friday, 24 June 2016 the winners of 2016 RIAI Architecture Awards were announced at an awards ceremony in Royal Hospital Kilmainham. It was a great night and there was a stellar cast of buildings and architects presented. I'm proud to say that 'Technical Paper 15' received a commendation in the Best Research category.

Launch of 'Technical Paper 15' & the need to communicate & support certification

“Technical Paper 15 - Assessing risks in insulation retrofits using hygrothermal software tools - Heat and moisture transport in internally insulated stone walls” originally commissioned by Historic Scotland (a branch of the Scottish Government, now restructured as Historic Environment Scotland) was launched in September 21st 2015 in Dublin. It is intended to be a significant support to building professionals and building fabric consultants engaging with the topics of:
1) Applied building physics relevant to solid wall construction;
2) Hygrothermal risk assessment;

Damp & sins - case studies for 'Built to Last' research project

At the last meeting with (13-09-13) Dublin City Council steering group, most of the two groups of case studies were agreed. 6 (possibly 7) no. houses representing energy efficieny-retrofitted dwellings and 6 (possibly 7) representing largely untouched dwellings, ripe for works. That allows our consortium's teams to start visiting households, digging in their attic, looking at fuel bills and creating BERs, etc.

Thermal Modelling Assessment Service

What is a thermal bridge?

A thermal bridge (traditionally known as ‘cold bridge’) is defined as a part of the building envelope where the otherwise uniform heat flow path is locally altered. The most severe cases occur where the insulation is ‘short circuited’ by materials with a great thermal conductivity.

The temperature at internal surfaces is usually colder near a thermal bridge (e.g. window lintel or wall-to-ceiling junction). This can potentially lead to surface condensation or mould growth.


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