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Better Building Conference 2012

Wednesday 25 April 2012 | 9am – 7pm | €125/€99 for early bird/€80 Éasca and IGBC members | Registration Form | Royal Hospital Kilmainham (getting there)

Better Building in association with Ecocem is an International Conference for a Sustainable Built Environment that investigates the opportunities and challenges for companies working in the green sector. The event features a range of seminars and debates packed into one day featuring leading Irish and international experts, designers, academics, innovators and investors in sustainability for the built environment. The diverse topics discussed aim to converge on the common theme of ‘making the business case for sustainability’, quantifying the economic value of energy and resource efficiency and resilient systems.

The conference debates the critical issues facing property, design and construction professionals and showcases studies on exemplar projects and where sustainable design and decision-making has resulted in a win-win solution for all stakeholders. Expert-led technical workshops will ‘look under the hood’ of sustainability tools to investigate tricks of the trade.

An evening social event and facilitated networking session ensures interaction for developing business opportunities, meeting others and exchanging ideas.

This event is organised by Éasca, Irish Green Building Council, Cultivate, Sustainable Building Show, The Chartered Institute of Building and the Passive House Association of Ireland


7th December 2011 | Extraordinary General Meeting

4.30pm please note change of time | The Greenhouse | 17 St Andrew St | Dublin 2

Undoubtedly in times of recession, it is all the more important that we promote business TOGETHER with a unified voice and a clear vision as to where we wish our Companies, our Country and our Industry to be in 5 or 10 years time.

In speaking to members from around the country it is clear that those who are thriving are those who are nimble enough to have altered their modus operandi and ways of thinking. Building to passive House Standards may for all of us be such a change in our way of thinking.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • Review of the past year’s activities and the challenges for the year ahead
  • Review of the corporate structure and invitation for nominations toward the directorate and regional groups
  • Technical Presentation of houses which opened for the Passive House Open day of last weekend
  • Open discussion of events for 2012
  • AOB

Only paid up members will be qualified to attend however should you wish to join the association as a new member for 2012, you may do so before the meeting. An annual general meeting will be held in late January, 2012.

Please contact Martin Murray at with any queries or any suggested items for inclusion in the agenda within the next two weeks.


PHAI is announcing significantly discounted Certified Passive House Designer training for unemployed persons in Ireland.

End-of year reduced fees for employed persons are also available.

Click on this link to learn more.

Four phased-payments and near-M50 training will make it easier to participate, and we have extended the training by an extra day to allow you to experience the world-class FAS Passive House Craftsmen building lab.

PHA has delivered this exciting programme on over 17 occasions.

We are very proud of our pass rate and our 10 years experience with Passive House in Ireland includes not just the course material but also building certification, construction detailing, PHPP and thermal bridging.

Please drop a line to if you would like to learn more.


Open Days in Ireland for the 8th International Passive House Open Days:

Passive Development’s show home in Rathangan, Co.Kildare will be open from 11th-13th November 2011 from 10am to 6pm each day. All are welcome.

The house was built in 2008 by Passive Development Ltd. While the shell was purchased from a Swedish Timber frame manufacturer (Scandinavian Homes Ltd), the interior works to Passive Standard were carried out by highly qualified local tradesmen. The house has since been pressure tested and achieved a rating of 0.548P n50 (air changes/hour).

Wain Morehead Architects Ltd have recently completed their first fully Certified Passive House and are arranging site visits to the property which is in the Owenabue Estuary. Viewing will take place on Friday, 11th November, 2011 and all are welcome.

This detached family dwelling generated quite a bit of interest during construction and was recently featured in Construct Ireland magazine.

Please note that places on the day are limited so pre-booking will be essential to avoid disappointment.  To arrange a booking, please email, giving an indication of what time would suit you to visit, to and indicate ‘PH Site Visit’ in the subject header.

Passive House Builders will host an open day Saturday 12th November 2011 at Athenry, Co. Galway at 11.00am and following on to Salthill, Galway City at 2.00 pm. We are delighted to confirm our clients have agreed to open the doors to the public to some of our completed Passive Houses, the Passive House Day provides a chance for enthusiasts and newcomers alike to experience Passive Houses in all their variety, along with the comfort they offer, first hand. We will be organising an open day for everybody who is interested in Passive House. You can

  • Speak to the clients living in passive houses
  • Find out all about the benefits of passive houses
  • Enquire directly with Passive House Builders Ltd and passive house designers

To confirm you will in attendance:


Passive House Introductory Course in Galway

Passive Development Offer a Passive House Introductory Course in Galway and will donate 50% of the fees to Cope Galway.

Our member, Passive Development, has a  Passive House Introductory Course in Galway will be held in theGalway Bay Hotel on Saturday April 9th from 10am until 4.15pm.

The cost of the one day course is €100 (includes tea and coffee) of which Passive Development Ltd. will donate 50% to COPE Galway. COPE Galway works with the homeless, elderly in need and sufferers of domestic violence.

To guarantee your place, full payment must be made either by card or by sending a cheque to COPE Galway, Offices 2-5 Calbro House, Tuam Road, Galway.

Click here to register (link takes you to COPE Website)

Click here for more details on the COPE website.



24 – 25 February 2011
The Ardilaun House Hotel, Galway (09.30 – 17.30 both days)

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is presenting a two-day PHPP workshop on Thursday and Friday 24-25 February 2011 at the Ardilaun House Hotel, Galway.
This fifth two day SEAI PHPP workshop is the only one planned for this year. It is being presented in direct demand from professionals involved in the design and construction of passive houses in Ireland. It will be delivered by Passivhaus Institut certified and accredited trainers.There are now only 5 places left so book immediately to avoid disappointment!


PHAI on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

18th January 2011 – Come join us on Facebook
We’ve just created a new facebook page for our Facebook fans. Please join us there. Don’t forget our Twitter page and our LinkedIn group.


Happy New Year to all our Passive House Association members and to new visitors to this site.

4th January 2010 – Passive House Association, Ireland to travel to Innsbruck, Austria for the 15th International Passive House Conference.
Interested delegates please forward interest to Deborah Byrne

Full costs and details for the trip will be forwarded in due course.

Please provide details of your membership type, proposed numbers to travel and whether you have an interest in the Passive House Institute’s proposed site tours.

We will provide more information directly to our members in due course.


4th January 2010

We are delighted to announce that Passive House Association, Ireland members can avail of special discounted training rates with the Passive House Academy.

For more information relating to the CEPHD course and Thermal Bridging Course please click here. Please advise Passive House Academy of your registered membership Name or Business Name to receive your discount.


Irish Press Release of PHAI Launch

Launch of PHAI in Construct Ireland