Daikin streamer technology inactivates 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2

New research has confirmed the effectiveness of Daikin’s patented streamer technology, which successfully inactivated more than 99.9 per cent of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, after irradiating the virus for three hours.

WWETB's popular NZEB courses move online

The Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB), one the country’s leading providers of practical construction training for nearly zero energy building (NZEB), has moved most of its NZEB training courses online to facilitate critical upskilling during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Be aware of your retrofit obligations – BERcerts.ie

Leading energy consultancy BERcerts.ie has advised homeowners considering renovation projects to be aware of their potential obligations under Part L of the building regulations. The regulations set mandatory energy performance targets for dwellings undergoing “major renovation”.

Forbo launches new glue-free flooring

Sustainable flooring manufacturer Forbo has launched a new line-up of high traffic acoustic vinyl flooring that includes a new glue free flooring range.

Lidan win National Enterprise Award

Modular timber frame manufacturer Lidan Designs has won the Future Focus Award at the 2021 National Enterprise Awards.

Athlone scheme hits NZEB with Firebird heat pumps

Leading Irish heating system manufacturer Firebird has recently completed a full heating installation at a scheme of 16 new build dwellings in Athlone, Co Westmeath, all designed to achieve the NZEB standard and an A2 BER.

Cassidy Brothers offering concrete blocks with Ecocem GGBS

Cassidy Brothers in County Donegal is one of the latest Irish quarries to offer concrete blocks incorporating a high quantity of GGBS from Ecocem. Cassidy Brothers is now supplying blocks from its Buncrana quarry featuring more than 40 per cent Ecocem GGBS.

Recycled aggregate cuts carbon emissions by 95 per cent, EPD shows

Integrated Materials Solutions (IMS) has published the first environmental product declaration (EPD) in Ireland for an aggregate product, for its Greenstone recycled aggregate, the first construction product of its type in Ireland. The EPD shows that Greenstone has a carbon footprint of just 5 per cent that of virgin aggregate.

A Proctor Group call for consideration of moisture balance issues

A Proctor Group (APG) have stressed the importance of taking account of the HAMM (heat, air, moisture movement) principles when designing buildings, taking account of the effect of insulation type and placement along with the vapour permeability of the various layers.

Good design key to heating & cooling via MVHR – CVC Direct

A big part of a comfortable household is having good indoor air quality and a comfortable air temperature. Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) is an efficient way of providing the necessary ventilation with little heat loss.

Manchester passive ICF house gets 0.31 ACH

A new passive house in Manchester, built by Passive Building Structures, has achieved an airtightness test result of 0.31 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals on its final blower door test, easily beating the passive house airtightness standard of 0.6.

Calsitherm boards to be rebranded ‘Red Board’

Calsitherm and Redstone, two of the largest providers of calcium silicate based interior insulation and mould prevention products, have joined forces, with the Paderborn-based family business Calsitherm taking a majority stake in Bremen-based Redstone.

New embodied carbon rules for large London projects

Building life cycle assessment (LCA) experts Bionova have advised architects, developers and contractors to be aware of their LCA obligations under the Greater London Authority’s new London Plan, which came into effect on 2 March. The London Plan is the spatial development strategy for the Greater London Authority (GLA).