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Press Articles - 01/27/2015

Passive House + – Issue 9

 

Will building boom see low energy failures?

 

In the Irish edition of Issue 9 of Passive House +, John Hearne looks at the threats over the construction industry.

Low energy building isn’t complicated, but it’s easy to get wrong. Since Irish house builders downed tools en masse when the last boom ended, energy efficiency standards for new homes have seen unprecedented rises of 40% in 2008 and 60% in 2011, shooting far ahead of the UK. But with signs of a new boom emerging, can the industry get to grips with this brave new world of insulation, airtightness and thermal bridging and deliver healthy low-energy homes — or are damp and mould set to become the norm in new build?

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