On the 24th April, the CREST pavilion hosted the informative PHAI briefing on U-value and thermal envelope design for Passive House and NZEB design principles.
The venue itself assumed a special relevance. Designed by Paul McAlister Architects, the multi -award winning Centre for Renewable Energies and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) is a pioneering example of sustainable design combined with educational purposes. It is the first Certified Passive House Education building in Ireland, and also has the sustainable credential of being BREEAN excellent and Zero carbon.
No better location could be found to talk about the Passive House Standard and its benefits, insulation systems and thermal bridging.
The Research and Development Coordinator of the Crest Centre, Barry McCarron, give an overview of his paper on the CREST building, recently presented at the International Passive House Association Conference in Vienna.
Almost 30 people gathered in the CREST Lecture Theatre to attend the professional presentations delivered by Garrett Quinn (GP Developments), Barry McCarron (CREST), Andrew Renie (Kingspan), Mark Gribben (Setanta Construction), and Alan Richie (C60 Architecture).
At the end of the formal presentation a Q&A session was chaired by Paul McAlister (PHAI Chairman). The topics debated opened a discussion both on practical tips and technical details, obtaining a positive response from the audience.
The presence of Kingspan and J&N Windows marked once again the supportive and extremely valuable relationship between the Passive House Association of Ireland and its Patron Members.